kateoplis

kateoplis:

  • It flies fast enough to go to the Moon and back in a day.
  • It has 8 miles of wire just to connect the electrical power systemThat will be enough to connect a hairdryer in Newark, New Jersey, to a power plug in New York City.
  • It has a complete surface area the size of a US football field, which actually makes it almost as large as the Tantive V, the Corellian Corvette that carried Princess Leia.
  • According to NASA, “there are 52 computers controlling the ISS.” Just for the US segment, there are “1.5 million lines of flight software code run on 44 computers communicating via 100 data networks transferring 400,000 signals.”
  • According to NASA, “the ISS has more than 100,000 people working for space agencies and more than 500 contractor facilities in 37 US states and 16 countries.” 68 countries have been involved on the research onboard the station.

Happy 15th, ISS

johnskylar

johnskylar:

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treehugger:

The Nourishmat comes with everything you need to start growing organic vegetables: seeds, fertilizer and know-how.

The mats last about 5 years and are printed with nontoxic ink that won’t leach into the soil.

The mats use a technique called square foot gardening. “The key is planting in grids instead of rows so you can maximize your space,” said Weiner. “More food in less space. We adapted the layout of the Nourishmat based on this popular method. We say natural because it embraces the idea of bio-diversity.” This method requires less water and fertilizer then conventional monoculture farming.

The square-foot method also makes plants into beneficial neighbors. “The layout of the plants revolves around companion planting,” said Weiner. “For example, the bugs that like marigolds are the same bugs that love to eat the bugs that love to eat tomatoes.”

This is amazing.  You could rotate crops by literally rotating the mat.