This is how miss aurora looks from "above"

It is not often we share aurora stuff from others, because we are filming everything on our page ourselves (often from our tours) - But this one from Nasa / International Space Station was just amazing

Gepostet von Aurora Borealis Observatory am Sonntag, 17. September 2017

The ISS has been inhabited by over 200 people, beginning back in the year 2000.

  • The first module launched was back on Nov. 20, 1998 at 1:40am EST and was called Zarya which is Russian for ‘Dawn.’
  • The ISS travels an equivalent distance to the Moon and back in about a day.
  • More than 115 space flights were conducted on five different types of launch vehicles over the course of the station’s construction.
  • The ISS has 32,333 cubic feet of pressurized volume and weighs 930,000 pounds.
  • The U.S. solar array surface area is 38,400 square feet (.88 acre) – large enough to cover eight basketball courts (94 ft x 50 ft x 8 = 37,600 sq ft).
  • As of Nov. 2, 2015, crews have eaten about 26,500 meals since the first Expedition in 2000. Approximately seven tons of supplies are required to support a crew of three for about six months.
  • A year of ISS operations (6 crew, 365 days) equals 52,560 crew hours.
  • The Water Recovery System reduces crew dependence on “delivered” water by 65 percent – from about 1 gallon a day to .34 gallon.
  • On-orbit software monitors approx. 350,000 sensors ensuring station/crew health and safety. Flight software exceeds 1.8 million lines of source code supported on the ground by a test environment comprised of another 3.3 million source lines of simulation software, and 11 million source lines of test scripts.
  • It has 8 miles of wire just to connect the electrical power system. That will be enough to connect a hairdryer in Newark, New Jersey, to a power plug in New York City.
  • The ISS is traveling around 17,500 miles per hour and orbits the Earth every 90 minutes.
  • On average, the ISS sees 16 sunrises and sunsets per 24 hours.
  • The Olympic torch has even made its way to the Space Station and went outside into space on a spacewalk.
  • The ISS provides more livable room than a conventional six-bedroom house.
  • Inside the ISS, there are 2 bathrooms, a gym and 360-degree view bay window.
  • The International Space Station can be seen from Earth with the naked eye, and is the largest artificial satellite that has ever orbited Earth. To find when you can see the ISS visit spotthestation.nasa.gov
  • Because the human body tends to lose muscle and bone mass in zero gravity environments, all astronauts aboard the ISS must work out at least two hours a day to combat these effects.
  • Oxygen in the ISS comes from a process called “electrolysis,” which involves using an electrical current generated from the station’s solar panels to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen gas.
  • Members of the ISS have competed in marathon’s onboard the ISS thanks to the treadmill exercise equipment available on board.
  • More than 100 telephone-booth sized rack facilities can be housed in the ISS for operating the spacecraft systems and research experiments.
  • Fifty-two computers control the systems on the ISS.
  • The ISS solar array surface area could cover the U.S. Senate Chamber three times over.
  • The ISS is almost four times as large as the Russian space station Mir, and about five times as large as the U.S. Skylab.
  • Main U.S. control computers have 1.5 gigabytes of total main hard drive storage in U.S. segment compared to modern PCs, which have ~500 gigabyte hard drives.
  • ISS has an internal pressurized volume of 32,333 cubic feet – equal to a Boeing 747.