Which country owns the international space station

Where is the International Space Station?

The International Space Station ISS with ESA's Columbus Laboratory on board flies at an altitude of 400 kilometers at such a speed that it defies the force of gravity. At 28,800 kilometers per hour, the laboratory in weightlessness only needs 90 minutes to circle the earth once. Astronauts who live and work on the station experience 16 sunrises and sunsets every day.

The ESA tracker integrated above shows where the ISS is currently. At the time of the call, it also illustrates your trajectory in the previous and upcoming 90 minutes. Below the tracker you can see enlarged the respective place on earth, over which the ISS is directly. From there you could see the space station with the naked eye at night when the sky is clear.

The video at the bottom of the page shows live images of the earth captured by a camera on the ISS. They give an impression of the view that astronauts have on our planet. Without the earth's atmosphere that protects us, we and everything else on earth would be relentlessly exposed to cosmic rays and solar radiation. The images are part of NASA's HDEV experiment, which is intended to determine how quickly the image quality of the cameras changes under the influence of the extreme radiation conditions. Sometimes the picture is black because the station does not have a continuous radio link with the ground control. In this case please try again later.


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