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On September 11,2001 Astronaut Frank Culbertson was the only American not on earth that day, he was 250 miles above at the International Space Station and this is the photo he took Of NYC. He said he didn't know what was going on but he knew it was bad because he could see the smoke from space.

An astronaut working on the International Space Station needed a tool he didn't have, so NASA designed a wrench with computer software and emailed the file to him. He then used a 3D printer to create the first object ever designed on earth and made in space.

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  1. There is always at least one handgun on board the International Space Station.

  2. When ships pass through Point Nemo in the southern Pacific Ocean, the closest other humans are in the International Space Station 400km up.

  3. Actor Brian Blessed is a fully trained astronaut, having completed over 800 hours of 'space training' in Moscow, and "remains the number one civilian on the wait list for the International Space Station."

  4. NASA makes a movie poster every time the send an expedition to the international space station. Some of the themes are The Matrix, Star wars and Pirates of the Caribbean.

  5. Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., was the first African American astronaut. The project he worked on would go on to become the International Space Station. He died in the backseat of his plane while teaching a cadet how to fly 50 years ago this past Friday (December 8, 1967). He was 32 years old.

  6. There is a geocache on the International Space Station

  7. Last year (2015), amateur British radio enthusiast, Adrian Lane, called International Space Station (ISS) when it was passing over his home about 200 miles up in the sky at 18,500 miles per hour & received answer from an US astronaut who "welcomed him aboard"

  8. In 2001 Pizza Hut paid the Russian space agency to send a pizza to the International Space Station at the cost of $1 million

  9. Chris Hadfield says every astronaut on the International Space Station has deposited urine on the right rear tire of the vehicle taking them to the rocket, as a tribute to Yuri Gagarin doing the same on his first trip into space.

  10. All astronauts going to the International Space Station are required to learn Russian, which can take up to 1100 class hours for English language speakers

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Number of astronauts that could fit in vehicles docked with the International Space Station

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The show 'Firefly' has been permanently added to the International Space Station as a form of entertainment for the station's crews.

When ships pass through Point Nemo in the Pacific Ocean, the nearest land mass is 1677 (2,700 kms) miles away. This means that at certain times of the day, the nearest humans are on the international space station (ISS) 258 miles (416 kms) up. - source

Last year astronauts in the International Space Station found plankton OUTSIDE one of its windows. They have no explanation for it. - source

On a mission to the International Space Station in January 2015, scientists tested the regenerative properties of planarian worms in zero gravity. One specimen actually grew a second head through spontaneous regeneration and when researchers tried amputating it, both heads grew back.

Astronaut Steven Swanson took DVDs of Firefly and Serenity to the International Space Station, where they permanently reside as entertainment for the crew. - source

The International Space Station has been described as the most expensive single item ever constructed at $150 billion. - source

In 2009, Russian Cosmonauts on the International Space Station were banned by their officials from using the ‘luxurious’ U.S. model astro-loo toilet, and were only allowed to use the Russian-built toilet.

The International Space Station is the most expensive object ever built at $160 Billion. - source

Interesting facts about international space station

Sex is banned aboard the International Space Station

The area code for the International Space Station phone is a Houston area code, 281.

Point Nemo. It is a point in the ocean which is furthest possible point away from any land mass. At certain times, the closest humans to this point are on the International Space Station.

All male Astronauts going to the International Space Station from Russia are required to pee on a bus tire prior to launch. A tradition started by Yuri Gagarin.

Most people have heard of the International Space Station (ISS) but few people have ever heard of Aquarius, a permanent underwater lab off the cost of Florida.

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