Stories and Resources From the International Space Station

International Space Station … historical overview

The International Space Station (ISS) has its origins in 1984. That was when President Ronald Reagan, in his State of the Union address, directed NASA to build a space outpost within the next ten years. The actual assembly of the ISS did not start until 1998, and all its main components were not in place until 2011.

Purpose of the International Space Station

According to the original Memorandum of Understanding between NASA and the Soviet Union, the ISS was intended to be a laboratory, observatory, and factory in low Earth orbit.

International Space Station assembly

The assembly of the International Space Station, a major endeavor in space architecture, began in November 1998. Russian modules launched and docked robotically, except Rassvet.

International Space Station … most interesting facts

Life Aboard the International Space Station

A typical day for the crew begins with a wake-up at 06:00, followed by post-sleep activities and a morning inspection of the station. The crew then eats breakfast and takes part in a daily planning conference with Mission Control before starting work at around 08:10. The first scheduled exercise of the day follows, after which the crew continues work until 13:05.

Best photo resource examples for the International Space Station

A Decade on the Fly: Building the International Space Station–Module by Module [Slide Show]NASA has created an amazing slideshow of the International Space Station compiling photos taking from a recent Soyuz flight.NASA’s multimedia presentation on the International Space Station provides excellent info. The Boston Globe has some pretty amazing images of the ISS.

Best video resource examples for the International Space Station

This MSNBC video showing images of the recently-completed Station is pretty amazing. The New York Times has a nice interactive timeline called “Assembling the International Space Station.”USA Today has a similar graphic.

Best reference material

NASA’s multimedia presentation on the International Space Station provides excellent info.NASA has a great site about the International Space Station. It has cool images and interviews with astronauts.

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Mike Schoultz

Mike Schoultz

Mike Schoultz writes about improving the performance of business. Bookmark his blog for stories and articles. www.digitalsparkmarketing.com