March 01, 2022
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the International Space Station (ISS) will plunge into the Pacific Ocean at Point Nemo in 2031. This is the point that is furthest from land on planet Earth, also known as the spacecraft cemetery. Many old satellites and other space debris have crashed here, including the Russian space station Mir in 2001.
The ISS is a joint project of five space agencies. It has been in orbit since 1998 and will continue to work till 2030. The ISS has seen more than 3,000 research investigations in its microgravity laboratory.
Facts About the ISS:
- The ISS was launched in 1998 and has had astronauts living on-board since then.
- Many tests and research that will help future space missions to places like the moon and Mars have been carried out on-board the ISS.
- The ISS flies around the world every 90 minutes.
- In just 24 hours, the ISS makes 16 orbits of Earth, travelling through 16 sunrises and sunsets.
- The ISS has two bathrooms, one gym,
- w. Astronauts must work out for two hours a day while on-board to help keep their muscles in shape while in space.
- six sleeping quarters and a 360-degree bay windoThe ISS is 357ft longfrom end to end.
- The ISS weighs about 4,20,000kgs; that’s about the same as 320 cars.