The International space station is a globally established exploration facility constructed in a low- world orbit. It is the biggest space station ever assembled. Construction of this station began in the year 1994, and it is anticipated that it will be completed in the year 2012. It is expected that this station will continue operating up to the year 2020 and potentially up to the year 2028. The ISS can be observed from earth with the use of the naked eye. The initial module of this station was instigated in Russia in the year 1998. Since then, modules under pressure, exterior trusses, and other elements have been instigated by Space shuttles in America (Catchpole, 2008, p. 220).
In 2011, the station comprised of about 15 pressurized modules and a wide truss structure. It is expected that the designed final module, which is Russian, will be launched in the year 2012. Power in ISS is supplied by 16 astral arrays escalated on the exterior truss. Four small solar arrays in Russia also supply this station with power. The title and use of the ISS is done by Intergovernmental agreements that permit the Russian alliance to retain total rights of its modules. The remainder is distributed amongst the other global associates. The station is overhauled by Soyuz, Progress and the Mechanized Transfer Vehicle spacecrafts. The expenditures of the ISS have amounted to about 100 billion in the last 30 years. This makes the funding, research capacities, and technological design of this station to be highly criticized. Based on the original MOU, the ISS was planned to be a research centre, factory, and observatory in space. It was also intended to offer transportation and act as a foundation for feasible missions to the space. In the year 2010, extra roles of serving viable, political, and academic purposes were assigned to the ISS (Catchpole, 2008, p. 220).
[...] Although Sunday is a day of relaxing, some studies in this space station continue to run and need to be examined. Most of the astronaut's meals are frozen, and temperature stabilized to make them ready for consumption. Such conditions impair with the foods taste and makes it unfit for human consumption. Astronauts also face the problem of lack of water since water has to be transported from earth to the ISS, and this is tremendously costly. In the ISS, there is a substantial risk of micrometeorite striking the astronaut. [...]
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[...] This is because ISS has made the world work together in different areas. For instance, the United States and Russia who were opponents in the cold war are now members of this space station. Disease has been a menace to human beings, but in space, we can carry out experiments based on these diseases, which are difficult to perform on earth. ISS also reduces the costs involved while moving from one planet to another. References Branley, M. (2000). The International Space Station. [...]
[...] These communication networks allow flight managers to send commands to the various ISS systems. There is also a file relocation communication system between the station and flight management teams situated in the mission organization centre in Houston. These communication systems allow for the transfer of payload data from the ISS to the Houston mission, control centre, and finally to the Payload control unit. They also allow for the circulation of the ISS experimental results via the Payload Control Unit to payload professionals. [...]
[...] During weightlessness, a disease known as Space motion affects almost all astronauts. On space, the senses of vision, hearing, and contact do not match with one another like on earth. This abrupt input of perplexing signals to the brain results to sickness of many astronauts. Astronauts suffering from this disease have symptoms such as appetite loss, severe headache, stomach upsets, and nausea. It, therefore, becomes hard for them to work sufficiently and effectively. In ISS, there is stable microgravity, and the body organs adapt to function together comparatively. [...]
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