Facts about the International Space Station

By Anne Ryman, Arizona Republic

The International Space Station travels at 17,500 mph, or roughly the equivalent of five miles per second.


U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly floats inside the Cupola, a European Space Agency-built observatory module of the International Space Station providing a 360-degree view of the Earth and the space station on July 12, 2015.

International Space Station

Alan Strauss in Tucson captured this photo of the International Space Station passing in front of the sun at 12:32 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2018.

International Space Station exterior

There are several times a year when you can see the International Space Station overhead.

Grand Canyon From Iss

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station focused a camera on the Grand Canyon and surrounding snowy landscapes in northern Arizona on Dec. 29, 2018. The photograph shows the ragged, steep-sided canyon walls and its numerous side canyons that contrast with the flat surrounding plains. This image was taken from an orbital vantage point over Las Vegas, nearly 240 miles to the west.

Iss View Of Florida

Photo taken from the International Space Station in April 2019 that shows a view of the eastern coast of the United States (bottom left to right center) Virginia Beach, Virginia, all the way to Miami, Florida. The ISS was orbiting 256 miles above North America and about to cross the Atlantic Ocean when a crew member took this photograph.

Nasa Astronaut

NASA astronaut Anne McClain takes a break for a portrait in April 2019 inside the cupola of the International Space Station while practicing Canadarm2 robotics maneuvers and Cygnus spacecraft capture techniques.

How big is the ISS

The International Space Station is about the size of a football field and includes living space for astronauts and solar rays.

ISS camera systems

A camera on the International Space Station took this image of Hurricane Marie on Aug. 26, 2014.

Space station

In this April 20, 2014, image made from a frame grabbed from NASA-TV, the SpaceX Dragon resupply capsule begins the process of being berthed on to the International Space Station. Astronauts hurriedly evacuated the U.S. section of the International Space Station and moved to its Russian module after a problem emerged Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, but Russian and U.S. officials insisted all six crew were not in any danger.

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