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Space Day Q&A - Space Stations, Spacecrafts & Satellites

What is a space station?

It is a structure designed for humans to live and work for short periods of time in outer space. It cannot land anywhere. The International Space Station is currently the only space station in use and is still in the process of being built.

What is the longest spaceflight anyone has flown?

Valeri Polyakov was on the Mir Space Station for 437 days 18 hours - more than 14 months.

How long does it take to get to the International Space Station?

It takes about 2 days to reach it by Space Shuttle, even though the ISS is only about 350Km high. This is because the Space shuttle does not fly directly to the ISS. This gives time for the equipment to be tested and the shuttle checked for damage.

Soviet N-1 rocket blasts off

What is the furthest place in space, humans have travelled?

The Moon, and 12 people have landed on it.

Where is the furthest that a man made spacecraft has travelled?

Voyager 1 launched in 1977 and is still going. It is about 10 billion miles from the Sun, well beyond the furthest planet, Neptune.

What are satellites?

Moons in orbit around planets are called ‘satellites’. But any human made spacecraft are called ‘artificial satellites’. Artificial satellites are objects which have been put into orbit, mostly around the Earth.

What are these satellites used for?

Military, communication, weather, research, and navigational purposes. Some common uses are sending satellite TV signals, and sending the information used by the GPS system found in SatNavs and some mobile phones.

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