Friday, May 08, 2009
Humans beings have, for the first time in history, a home other than planet Earth. It's called the International Space Station and its been orbiting the Earth for 10 years.
Until now it has had room for only three crew members. But all that is about to change.
Later this month three additional crew will join the team at ISS bringing the total crew complement to six. They will reach the station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
Russia, the United States, Japan and members of the European Union have worked together to complete the station, recently adding more crew quarters and science labs, toilets and sleeping rooms and even a 'Back porch.'
Six is far fewer than the current population of the planet so we still need Earth, but it is somewhat comforting to think if we really needed a new home, it would at least be plausible. Don't you agree?
Posted by Jerry Battiste at 7:10 PM