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The International Space Station Turns 15 ( 69

An anonymous reader writes: Today marks the 15th birthday of the International Space Station (ISS). Since Nov. 2, 2000 the ISS has hosted more than 220 people from more than a dozen countries. Time reports: "The ISS was little more than three pressurized modules, some supplies and a couple of solar wings to help keep it powered on the day the first crew climbed aboard. Today, the station is a flying piece of cosmic infrastructure the size of a football field, containing 15 pressurized modules, which afford the astronauts as much habitable space as a six-bedroom home. It weighs 1 million pounds (454,000 kg), runs on 3.3 million lines of software code and required 115 launches just to carry all of its components up to orbit."
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The International Space Station Turns 15

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  • by Roblimo ( 357 ) on Monday November 02, 2015 @08:24PM (#50851987) Homepage Journal

    It's getting a Quinceañera, right?
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  • Ah, so Gravity wasn't canon then?
  • by fahrbot-bot ( 874524 ) on Monday November 02, 2015 @09:22PM (#50852343)

    It weighs 1 million pounds (454,000 kg), ...

    Or, at least, it did. Now it's in space.

    • by spauldo ( 118058 )

      It still does. That's why it orbits instead of just floating in one spot.

      • by clovis ( 4684 )

        It still does. That's why it orbits instead of just floating in one spot.

        It weighs a little less due than its weight at earth's surface due to being Earth's radius plus 400kM from Earth's center of mass. About 96%, I think.
        But, if it had zero weight, it would not hover but rather continue in a straight line in the original direction of launch, or in whatever direction it was headed when weight went to zero.
        And it certainly would not orbit, as spauldo pointed out.

        The media has long been saying it wrong. Objects in orbit are not in zero gravity, they're in freefall.
        If you do

  • It weighs 1 million pounds (454,000 kg)

    ghaaaaa! Not only are pounds medieval units shared with only Myanmar and Liberia, 1 million pounds is NOT 454,000 kg. While 1 million lb is only one significant figure, 454000 means at least 3, possibly more depending on the interpretation. The actual masses are 924,740 lb and 419,455 kg resp. These figures themselves have issues as propellant loss among other will make the last few digits variable. But the 454000 figure is way off.

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