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International Space Station

Edited by Stephen O'Meara and E. Julius Dasch

in A Dictionary of Space Exploration

Third edition


Published online July 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191842764

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The 430-tonne orbiting *space station being constructed by the USA, Russia, Japan, Canada, Brazil, and Europe (16 nations and around 100 000 workers in all). The final cost was more than US$90 billion. The complete station, orbiting at an altitude of around 378 km, measures 72.8 m in length, 108.5 m across its solar wings, and 20 m in height. Teams of up to seven astronauts live and work for a period of three to six months in an area equivalent to the passenger cabins of two 747 jumbo jets. The ...

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Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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