Digital Astronaut’s Guide to the Universe – The International Space Centre



Size ( circumference around the Equator):


Temperature Range:

Day (In Earth hours):

Orbit (In Earth Days):

Speed of Orbit (mph)


 Man Made Object

Bigger than a six bedroomed house

Artificially created atmosphere suitable for humans, like what we have on Earth

Approximately 24ºC (75ºF)

24 Hours

ISS Orbits Earth every 90 minutes

5 miles per second



Courtesy of NASA



20th November 1998 


Can be seen with the naked eye?


First Mission to:

A number of short manned and unmanned missions after 1998

First Manned Mission to:

First long stay manned mission was Expedition 1.  The crew docked on 2nd November 2000.



Distinguishing Features

Larger than a six bedroomed house, the ISS is the largest man made object to be flown into space.  It has a wingspan of 240 feet, that is longer than a Boeing 777 and is 357 feet from one end to the other, that is the equivalent of over 3 average length football pitches! It is an incredible four times the size of the Russian Space Station, Mir.

The largest section of the International Space Station has 16 solar panels attached, along the centre of the ISS.  There are modules that serve as homes for the astronauts and their workplaces.  ESA (European Space Agency) added the Columbus Science Laboratory where experiments are carried out in a zero gravity environment.


Where is it in our Solar System?

Orbiting the Earth.

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Founder of Eclectic Enchantments blog, Erika has also been a beauty writer, fashion writer and Beauty & Accessories Editor for a large online magazine before starting Erisea. Erika lives with her dog, Hendrix and beautiful baby girl. She suffers with Fibromyalgia and CFS, among other illnesses which leaves her housebound much of the time. Her passion is writing.


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