Fascinated By The International Space Station? Here Are Some Facts You Must Know

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On one of my camping trips, we went star gazing. While spotting a lot of stars, I found this one moving

across. Excited, I went to my team lead and asked, What star is that? He said, that isn’t a star. It is the international Space Station. He went on to explain what it was. Since then I’ve always been fascinated by the ISS. There are real people who live in space. Amazing isn’t it? I came across some more facts about ISS and they are really awesome.

It took 136 space flights on 7 types of launch vehicles to build the International Space Centre

It took 136 space flights on 7 types of launch vehicles to build the International Space CentreSource

It flies at 7.71 km per second. That means if your office is 14 kms away from home, you will reach to work in JUST 2 seconds!!!

It flies at 7.71 km per second. That means if your office is 14 kms away from home, you will reach to work in JUST 2 secondsSource

It has two bathrooms, a gymnasium and a 360-degree bay window. BTW, this is the view from the ISS

It has two bathrooms, a gymnasium and a 360-degree bay window. BTW, this is the view from the ISSSource

211 people from 15 countries have visited the ISS so far.

211 people from 15 countries have visited the ISS so far.Source

The ISS crews have eaten about 25,000 meals since 2000.

The ISS crews have eaten about 25,000 meals since 2000.Source

You can see the International Space Station from Earth with the naked eye

You can see the International Space Station from Earth with the naked eyeSource

It is also the largest artificial satellite that has ever orbited Earth.

It is also the largest artificial satellite that has ever orbited Earth.Source

The astronauts see 15 sunrises and sunsets every day. One every 45 minutes.

The astronauts see 15 sunrises and sunsets every day. One every 45 minutes.Source

Once Pizza hut paid the Russians $1 Million to send pizza to the ISS

You want to know when the ISS will pass your location. Sign up here and the NASA will send you a text every time it’s going to pass over your area.

You want to know when the ISS will pass your location. Sign up here and the NASA will send you a text

There are times when there’s lack of oxygen aboard. For times like these, they have “oxygen candles. When ignited can provide enough oxygen for one person for 24 hours.

There are times when there’s lack of oxygen aboard. For times like these, they have oxygen candlesSource

In 2007, astronaut Sunita Williams ran an entire marathon onboard the International Space Station, simultaneously with the Boston Marathon.

In 2007, astronaut Sunita Williams ran an entire marathon onboard the International Space StationSource

Astronauts can’t cry in space. Why? Because of the weightless environment, the tears just collect in little balls and sting your eyes. Ouch! That’s painful

Astronauts can’t cry in space. Why Because of the weightless environment, the tears just collect in littleSource

The interior volume of the ISS is larger than all of the space inside a Boeing 747 jumbo jet.

The interior volume of the ISS is larger than all of the space inside a Boeing 747 jumbo jet.Source

Have any more such facts? Tell us and we will add it!

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