The International Space Station or the ISS is the single largest spacecraft that humans have ever put into space. It provides a base for scientific researches.
The ISS project started in the year 1998 and took two years to become fully functional.
Let’s find out more about the ISS:
- The ISS is the home for astronauts in space. It is well equipped to generate its own power, fetch and store data and host the crew
- It also has small spacecraft attached to it. These spacecraft don’t host humans but provide platforms for research
- The ISS and its smaller space stations provide a long-term environment where several scientific studies can be performed for decades
The daily expenditure of an ISS crew member is estimated to be nearly $7.5 million.
DID YOU KNOW?
The International Space Station was not launched as a single unit. Several space shuttles were assembled over a period of two years to make the ISS.