A history of the International Space Station

February 22, 2016

An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on 16th February 2016, written by the Oxford Reference marketing team.

A Dictionary of Space Exploration

"The International Space Station was originally conceived as our base camp to the stars – the first step in a long journey of human civilisation exploring new planets, asteroids, and galaxies, and perhaps even helping us to meet other forms of life in the universe along the way. It is a place where fifteen different nations work together, observing how the human body is affected under unique and challenging conditions, and discovering ways to combat the negative effects, whilst also doing ground-breaking scientific experiments. For example, astronauts are now successfully growing edible flowers in space. As Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, the scientist who developed the theory of space flight, once stated:

“A planet is the cradle of mind, but one cannot live in a cradle forever.”"

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