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Construction of International Space Station

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Project owner: Angel silva


Project Overview
Project Name: Construction of International Space Station
Location: Worldwide
Project Status: Complete
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Official Website: ISS Official Website

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About this project
Construction of the International Space Station began with the launch of the Zarya control module in November 1998. Since then, many additional missions have added modules to the space station.
Who benefits from this project, and how?
According to NASA https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/15_ways_iss_benefits_earth

"With astronauts living and working aboard the International Space Station, NASA is learning a great deal about what it takes to create and test critical systems, efficient communications technologies and protections for the human body for a deep space mission, all of which is critical in our journey to Mars. A decade ago, the station was also designated as a national lab with some of the research time aboard the orbiting laboratory dedicated to help us here on Earth, as well.

Here are some ways the space station is benefiting life on Earth:

- Commercializing low-Earth orbit... https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=28&v=NecjpG1NVac
- Supporting water purification efforts worldwide...
- Growing high-quality protein crystals...
- Bringing space station ultrasound to the ends of the Earth...
- Improving eye surgery with space hardware...
- Making inoperable tumors operable with a robotic arm...
- Preventing bone loss through diet and exercise...
- Understanding the mechanisms of osteoporosis...
- Developing improved vaccines... https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/benefits/vaccine_development.html
- Providing students opportunities to conduct their own science in space... https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/students_spheres_satellites
- Breast cancer detection and treatment technology..
- Monitoring water quality from space...
- Monitoring natural disasters from space...
- Describing the behavior of fluids to improve medical devices...
- Improving indoor air quality..."

What's unique about this project?
-The assembly and maintenance of the space station in orbit has no parallel...
-16 nations were involved int the making of the ISS: The United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, Belgium, Canada, Japan, Brazil, France, Denmark, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden...
-The ISS is currently the most expensive object ever built, The estimated cost of the ISS is over 120 Billion...
-The ISS has 8 miles of wires just to connect the electrical power system...
-The ISS travels at 17,100 mph or 27,600 kph...
-The ISS weighs almost a million pounds...
-The ISS is about the size of a football field...

(Student Angel Silva provided some content for this project page.)

Funding & Costs
Funding source: Public
Funding notes: The ISS is currently the most expensive object ever built, The estimated cost of the ISS is over $160 Billion. The United States provided nearly $100 billion of the cost. from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/01/09/nasa-plans-to-keep-the-international-space-station-going-until-2024-is-that-a-good-idea/?utm_term=.9ce0e343681d




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