Science In The International Space Station | Summary and Q&A

June 25, 2014
World Science Festival
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Science In The International Space Station


Humans have established a permanent presence in space through the International Space Station, conducting scientific research and exploring the extreme conditions of microgravity.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How was the International Space Station constructed?

The ISS was built using modular components designed and built by an international team on Earth. These components were carried into space by the American space shuttle and Russian Soyuz rockets and assembled by astronauts in space.

Q: What is the main project on board the ISS?

The main project on the ISS is scientific research. Astronauts use the microgravity environment to conduct cutting-edge experiments, including the development of vaccines, predicting natural disasters, understanding the effects of space travel on the human body, and exploring the behavior of fluids in space.

Q: How do astronauts sustain themselves on the ISS?

Astronauts have a variety of food options on the ISS, including dehydrated and ready-made meals. They can heat up their food before consumption, ensuring they have proper nutrition during their stay in space.

Q: How is the ISS contributing to education?

The ISS provides opportunities for student involvement in space research. In 2012, NASA held a student science competition, allowing the winners to send their experiments to the ISS. This encourages young minds to engage in scientific exploration and opens up new possibilities for research.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • In November 2000, an international crew of three astronauts led by American Commander Bill Shepard lifted off in a Russian Soyuz rocket and established the International Space Station (ISS).

  • The ISS, orbiting 240 miles above Earth's surface, travels around the Earth every 90 minutes at a speed of over 177,000 mph.

  • Inside the ISS, astronauts from 15 different countries conduct scientific research, explore microgravity effects on the human body and plants, and study fluid behavior in space.

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