Tuesday, March 31, 2009

ISS: Fully Powered

This past Saturday (March 28), Space Shuttle Discovery completed its mission to install the last of the International Space Station’s solar arrays.

This super-cool image comes from Universe Today and shows the station’s full compliment of four sets of solar arrays. (Click on the image to see the big picture. It's awesome.) The station is now fully powered.

The total surface area of the solar arrays is nearly an acre. They will generate as much as 120 kilowatts of usable electricity, enough to power about 42 2800-square foot homes.

The ISS is now the second brightest object in the night sky (behind only the moon) so it should be easy to spot if you know when and where to look.

If you don't know when and where to look, this site might help although I find it as confusing as hell.

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