Happy 15th Anniversary to the International Space Station

Scott Taylor
2 November 2015

November 2, 2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the first crew living on the International Space Station. For the last fifteen years, there has always been at least two people living in space! To celebrate the occasion, as well as the great science that’s been done on board the ISS, we’re highlighting some resources on CurioCity that are about the International Space Station and humans living in space.

1) The International Space Station

Did you know there’s a spaceship in orbit above the Earth larger than 5 NHL hockey rinks put together?

2) RADI-N2 & You

One of the experiments that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was responsible for during his stay on the International Space Station from December 2012 until May 2013 was RaDI-N2. This experiment measures astronauts’ exposure to potentially dangerous neutron radiation using innovative Canadian technology. CurioCity, in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency, developed the RaDI-N2 & You Action Project to engage Canadian classrooms in a similar experiment.

3) RADI-N2: Measuring Neutron Radiation in Space

Neutron radiation is a serious hazard and challenge for human space exploration. Chris Hadfield explains about the RADI-N2 experiment.

4) Human needs in space

Learn about what a human needs to survive in space in this sky science backgrounder.

5) Space Travel and Bone Loss

Methods are being developed to help slow and possibly even prevent bone loss during space travel.

6) Wringing Out Water on the ISS - For Science!

CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield performing a simple science experiment designed by grade 10 Lockview High School studentsfrom Fall River, Nova Scotia – winners of the CSA national science contest.

7) Spot the International Space Station!

Want to know when the International Space Station is right above you?

8) Astronauts Eat First Space-Grown Lettuce

On Monday, August 10, 2015, astronauts onboard the International Space Station became the first humans to ever eat space-grown food.

9) Space Oddity

Chris Hadfield says goodbye to space with this cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity.

10) Inside the International Space Station

Many astronauts, including Chris Hadfield, get to call the ISS home for up to six months, with only the occasional spacewalk outside. But what's it like inside? Astronaut Sunita Williams gave this great home tour in November 2012.

Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor is Acting Program Manager for CurioCity at Let’s Talk Science. He grew up watching bug-eyed monsters in sci-fi B-movies and dreaming of our future in space, and remembers being a young child watching the first astronauts walk on the Moon. Passionate about the importance of science education and understanding how science and technology impacts our society, he is still a sci-fi geek.    

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