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International Space Station’s huge size shown in spacewalk image

The huge satellite project weighs more than 7000 Kylie Jenners

Andrew Griffin
Tuesday 03 March 2015 19:42 GMT
The picture, as posted on Twitter over the weekend
The picture, as posted on Twitter over the weekend (Nasa)

It takes a lot to keep six astronauts alive, hurtling around in space for months at a time. But the exact scale might not ever have been truly revealed as it has by this picture — on which an astronaut is dwarfed by the International Space Station in which he temporarily lives.

The image, tweeted by fellow ISS-dweller Terry Virts, shows Butch Wilmore floating in space as he took part on the third spacewalk of the week. The visits saw astronauts lay 800-feet of cable, four antennas, three laser reflectors and a robotic arm.

In total, Sunday’s mission lasted five and a half hours. It was the 187th time that astronauts have stepped out of the ship on the regular trips, which are required to keep the huge feat of engineering ticking over.

The true scale of that space station is huge. To keep the team of usually six people comfortable and healthy, the station has about the living space of a six-bedroom house. It has two bathrooms, a gym, and a 360-degree bay window and is powered by 2.3 million lines of computer code, according to Nasa.

To get to that size, the station has been slowly assembled since the project began in November 1998. Rockets bring up new modules and attack them on, adding new capabilities and size to the huge satellite.

The mission is set to shut in 2024. But it’s unclear what will happen to the parts after that – Russia has said that it will take the parts and use them to assemble a new space station, which it hopes to use for its first trips to the moon.

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