The highs and lows of life in an or­bit­ing tin can.

Air & Space Smithsonian - - Front Page -

It’s only 250 miles away, but it seems far­ther. Since the first crew went aboard, in 2000, the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion has been hu­man­ity’s most dis­tant out­post, a bridge to our space fu­ture and one of the en­gi­neer­ing mar­vels of our time. On any given night, you might see them as a sin­gle bright, mov­ing light: six peo­ple from dif­fer­ent coun­tries, cir­cling the world at five miles per sec­ond.

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