Engineering of the ISS

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How did we get something that is the size of a football field and weighs 827,794 pounds into space?

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Robonaut 2

Ingeniero de vuelo Cady Coleman y Robonauta 2

Meet Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot to fly in space.

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Climate Change

La particion del glaciar Jakobshavn desde 1850 hasta 2006

NASA with its Earth-observing satellites can help better understand how human activity is changing Earth's climate.

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Science on the International Space Station



    For over ten years, humans have been living on the space station 24 hours a day, seven days a week AND have performed over 600 experiments! Check out just a few of these extraordinary experiments and how they have affected your life here on Earth.
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Interviews

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Background Information


    Almost as soon as the International Space Station was habitable, people began to use it to study the impact of microgravity and other space effects on daily life. Astronauts on the space station conduct science daily across a wide variety of fields, including human life sciences, biological science, human physiology, physical and materials science, and Earth and space science. Over 600 experiments have been conducted on the space station so far, in over ten years of continuous research. With the completion of station assembly in 2011, space station laboratories can accommodate an unprecedented amount of space-based research.

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Resources

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Opportunities and Activities

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    See the International Space Station in Your Own Backyard  →

    The International Space Station is one of the most visible man-made objects in the sky because it reflects sunlight and often looks like a slow-moving star. This can fool a casual viewer, but it also makes sighting the space station easier if one knows when and where to look. NASA SkyWatch is an Internet tool that provides the information needed to view the space station and other satellites.