International Space Station

By Alishba Javaid

What is it?

The International Space Station is a research lab where scientist study new things in space.

It travels at a speed of 17,227 miles per hour which is about 16 orbits perday.

When did it start?

The first module/piece of the International Space Station was launched on November 20, 1998.

The U.S. laborotory module was added on February 2, 2001.

How did it start?

The idea of a manned station was first propose by an American novelitst in 1869.

Scientist though more about it after 1969, when man landed on the moon.

Which countries contributed to the space station?

16 countries around the world contribute to the International Space Station.

Each country is responsible for the part it had developed.

Interesting Facts

It cost 3 billion dollars per year for its maintenance.

The first crew members on the station was astronaut Bill Shepherd, and cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev on October 2, 2000, who stayed in space for several months.