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INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION: HOW IT WORKS

The International Space Station has gotten a lot of press over the last few weeks thanks to SpaceX and NASA, but what is it and how does it work?

The International Space Station, or ISS for short, is the largest man-made structure ever to be put in space. The International Space Station provides a space environment laboratory, which can not be replicated here on Earth, to many countries around the world, hence the name International Space Station.

The International Space Station was assembled in various space missions which each took up and assembled a new segment of the Space Station with the help of the Space Shuttle missions. The Space Shuttles were helpful in the sense that they had a large storage compartment for the large Space Station segments as well as robotic arms to help manoeuvre them into position during the assembly of the International Space Station.

The International Space Station has been in orbit since 1998 and is still in use greatly today. The longest an astronaut has ever spent in space was 437 consecutive days, and was made possible thanks to the International Space Station, and that record is set to be broken again some time in the near future.

Take a look at the video below by YouTube channel, Jaren Owen, on How does the International Space Station work?


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