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International Space Station

The International Space Station with ESA’s Columbus laboratory flies 400 km high at speeds that defy gravity – literally. At 28 800 km/h it only takes 90 minutes for the weightless laboratory to make a complete circuit of Earth. Astronauts working and living on the Station experience 16 sunrises and sunsets each day.

International Space Station

Business as (not so) usual on the Space Station

As any scientist will confirm, a huge part of doing science is being attentive. Making sure experiments run smoothly. Observing outcomes. Fine-tuning settings to the tiniest degree. With many different experiments running simultaneously on the Space Station, 400 kilometres above the earth, at a speed of roughly 28 000 km/h, attention to detail becomes an invaluable virtue.

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International Space Station

Power spacewalk series draws to a close

Last Thursday, NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken performed the 11th spacewalk in a three-and-a-half-year effort to upgrade the International Space Station’s power system.

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International Space Station

Bye, bye, Earth views

For half a decade, cameras mounted outside ESA’s laboratory on the International Space Station streamed video to the world – offering mesmerising views of our planet, much like an astronaut’s gaze. NASA’s High Definition Earth Viewing project put commercial “off-the-shelf” cameras out in space...

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International Space Station

European link to historic launch

This weekend two unassuming LAN cables from Europe will witness spaceflight history as they accompany NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station on the first crewed SpaceX Crew Dragon flight.

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