Featured image: The Cygnus space freighter in the grips of the Canadarm2 robotic arm. Credit: NASA
Set your alarms! The International Space Station will be travelling over Adelaide tonight, so if the clouds clear, you should be able to see it with the naked eye.
For those of you who aren’t really sure, what exactly the International Space Station is, it’s a large spacecraft in orbit around Earth that serves as a home to crews of astronauts and cosmonauts, that live, observe and conduct experiments in its unique science laboratory.
Several nations worked together to build and use the space station, with the first piece of the space station being launched into orbit in 1998.
The International Space Station orbits Earth at an average altitude of approximately 250 miles and travels at 17,500 mph. This means it orbits Earth every 90 minutes, however it only appears over Adelaide roughly every 6 weeks.
NASA is using the space station to learn more about living and working in space and these lessons will make it possible to send humans farther into space than ever before.
To check out today’s ‘fly by’ head outside and look up at 9:39pm.