The International Space Station is a spacecraft which is also a science lab. Astronauts live on this station which many countries collaborated on in order to build. These countries also work together to maintain and to use the craft. Its orbit is about 220 miles above the Earth. The station was first launched in 1998, with pieces being added year after year. In 2000, the station was suitable for people to live on board.
Weighing almost a million pounds, it has two bathrooms, five bedrooms and a gym. It can accommodate six people. It is as large as a football field and has labs from Japan, Russia, Europe and The United States.
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We plan to look into the skies again on Wednesday evening when it should be visible for about 6 minutes. It is very bright and moves very quickly through the sky. Hoping we have clear skies.