When You Wish Upon a Space Station

September 25, 2014

Eva Gusnowski

The International Space Station does it again. And what might that be?  Why that would be bringing space and science right to your door. Or rather, your gmail inbox.


The International Space Station (whose motto, by the way, “Off the Earth, For the Earth” is amazing) travels an astounding 330 km above the Earth, at speeds reaching 27 600 km/hour.  To put that in perspective, large commercial aircrafts such as the Boeing 747 cruise at a height of approximately 10 km at speeds of 913 km/hour.  (What is also interesting is that the International Space Station was crafted by Boeing.)


Launched in 1998, the ISS circles the globe about 16 times per day.  Now, to put that number in perspective, its been quoted by the CSA that this distance is about the same as travelling a round trip between the moon and the earth.  Every. Single. Day.

Are the numbers not quite getting you to your happy place?  Maybe this video from the Canadian Space Agency will then:


Oh CanadArm, how we love you! 


The ISS is a collaboration between Canada, the United States, Russia, Europe and Japan.  In science, we are all equals.  And if its good enough for Chris Hadfield, its good enough for the world.  A new ship carrying U.S. and Russian crew members even launched successfully today, and is currently making its way up to the station.


There is even a system provided by NASA that will alert you by text or email when the space station is going to be visible in almost any area around the globe.




Don’t hesitate any longer, check out the ISS in person and make a wish upon that space station! It really does look like a quickly travelling star, but guess what...that is us, HUMANS, up there!  If you don't find that incredible, I'm not sure what you would.  Its one of the stars that will literally make your science dreams come true.



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