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NASA Launches Interactive Online Tour of the Space Station


WASHINGTON -- The International Space Station is now accessible in cyberspace. On Thursday, NASA launched its Interactive Space Station Reference Guide, a new tool that features an in-depth look inside and outside of the orbiting laboratory that has never before been seen. It is available online at:

The guide provides an up-to-date interactive overview of the stationís complex configuration, design and component systems. It includes a video introduction and narration by NASA astronaut Mike Fincke, who lived aboard the station for six months as an Expedition 9 science officer and flight engineer.

Other features on NASAís new interactive guide include:

- How space station crews live in space: how they eat, sleep and exercise while in orbit.
- How the station complex is built and operates, including a reference guide for learning about each of the stationís components.
- A 360-degree tour of the station with a view of each of the stationís pressurized modules.
- A library of printable fact sheets providing up-to-date information about the station.

The stationís assembly and maintenance in orbit, long-duration spaceflight experience gained aboard the complex, and research into the effects of long spaceflights contribute to NASAís plans for future missions to return to the moon and travel beyond.


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