With the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch on May 30th, 2020 carrying the Crew Dragon, space is only getting more exciting.
With Earth the way it is, why not tour the International Space Station? Much easier said than done, though with Google Maps you can take a virtual tour of the ISS, exploring all its corridors and equipment!
Using the Google Street View you are familiar with, you can move around inside the station, even visit the gym and the sleeping quarters. It also has interactive buttons along the way where you can click on some of the equipment and see a description of what it does (it is only available on Maps website and not the app). Be warned, with almost no indication of what is up or down, it is disorienting, and you can also very easily get lost!
- The space station is 357 feet end-to-end, one yard shy of the full length of an American football field including the end zones.
- The living and working space in the station is larger than a six-bedroom house (and has six sleeping quarters, two bathrooms, a gym, and a 360-degree view bay window).
- To mitigate the loss of muscle and bone mass in the human body in microgravity, the astronauts work out at least two hours a day.
- An international crew of six people live and work while traveling at a speed of five miles per second, orbiting Earth about every 90 minutes.
- In 24 hours, the space station makes 16 orbits of Earth, traveling through 16 sunrises and sunsets.
- The ISS is the third brightest object in the night sky and is visible with the naked eye. To spot it, look out for an airplane-like light that moves quickly across the sky. You’re most likely to catch a glimpse during dawn and dusk.