Category Archives: ISS

ISS Reaches Historic Milestone!

Congratulations to the International Space Station on completing 100,000 orbits since the station was launched on 20 Nov 1998. In the years since launch the station will have traveled around 2,643,342,240 miles, or roughly the distance between Earth and Neptune.

The event occurred at 06:10 UTC this morning 16 May 2016.

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Peake At The Controls

Tim Peake takes control of the ESA’s Mars rover prototype named Bridget located in the UK from the International Space Station.

He controlled the rover for two hours and even drove it into a simulated cave. Nice work!

I don’t know what the odds of the rover going into a cave on Mars but I would hope they would code in a reverse route in the event radio contact was lost.

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Cygnus Arrives at the ISS

The Cygnus cargo ship with 7,500 pounds of supplies arrived and was installed on the ISS on 26 March 2016.

There will be two more missions to the ISS in the next couple of weeks:

31 March 2016 – Russian Progress cargo ship scheduled to launch
08 April 2016 – SpaceX resupply launches

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By The Numbers

Can you imagine a year in space?  In March 2015, 2 space explorers, NASA’s Mark Kelly and Russia’s Mikhail Kornienko started a year-long mission aboard the International Space Station.

The physiological changes will give us some idea what will happen on a longer duration mission such as a trip to Mars.

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ISS Reboost

As the International Space Station falls around the Earth, every now and then its orbit needs to be raised. A reboost was done very recently and ESA’s Tim Peake shows us how it was accomplished.

Pre-reboost: 398.2 x 407.4 km – inclination 51.64° – Period: 92.62min (247.4 x 253.1 miles)
Post-reboost: 402.1 x 406.9 km – inclination 51.64° – Period: 92.66min (249.9 x 252.8 miles)

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