The International Space Station and the Sun Make an Impressive Picture
Sun and International Space Station

We’ve seen the International Space Station (ISS) and the moon together. On Sunday, Bill Ingalls was at the Shenandoah National Park in Front Royal, VA and snapped a series of breathtaking images as the ISS moves across the face of the Sun.

ISS Sun transit

The ISS moves at a blistering 17,150 miles per hour, or five miles per second! Check out a GIF below.

Nine’s a crowd

The International Space Station is getting a bit cramped these days. There are nine crewmembers aboard the ISS right now from five different space agencies – NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA, ESA and the Kazakh Space Agency.

Members of the press were able to chat with the nine crewmembers earlier today. You can check out a replay of the press conference here.

Scott Kelley touched on being halfway through a planned year-long mission aboard the ISS.

“I’m not saying I’m not psyched up for the rest of (the mission), but in some ways almost being halfway through, a lot of what we’re going to be doing is similar to what we’ve already done. I’m excited for the folks who get to go to Mars someday,” Kelly said.

Yeah, I bet doing the same thing over and over again does get boring. But hey, Kelly is doing important work that will pave the way for astronauts to go to Mars one day.

The nine-person party aboard the ISS won’t last for long. Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen and Kazakhstan cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov are part of a short-term taxi crew. They’ll be heading back to Earth on Friday with Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka.

When Padalka returns to Earth on Friday, he will hold the record for most time spent in space – nearly 879 days in orbit. Of his 879 days in orbit, 38 hours and 37 minutes were spent across 10 EVAs.

While Padalka holds the record for most total time spent in space, another Russian cosmonaut holds the record for the longest single stay in space. Valeri Polyakov spent 437 days in a single spaceflight aboard the Mir space station.

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