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Google takes you inside the International Space Station

Google takes you inside the International Space Station

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Inside the ISS Cupola February 2017 Image via Google Maps
Inside the ISS Cupola February 2017. See the Soyuz spacecraft?
Image via Google Maps & NASA

Ever wondered just what it would be like to tour the International Space Station? Well, with Google Maps you can! Google has teamed up with NASA to create a tour of all the sections of the ISS! Using your mouse or fingers you can look around each module to your heart’s content, zooming on interesting technology and reading about the history, origin and the use of each node.

Tips for touring the ISS

Touring the ISS in Google Maps is quite easy, just look out for the Navigation points and click on them.

  • Keep an eye on your compass so you know where you are.
  • Don’t forget to look below you ‘feet’ and above your ‘head’.
  • Double click on items of interest to find out more.
  • As you move your cursor around the screen, keep an eye out for grey arrows that highlight the direction you can travel (you may have to zoom in on some areas for them to activate).

Ready to explore the International Space Station?

Here’s the link to ISS Cupola via Google Maps

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU)s February 2017 Image via Google Maps
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU)s in the ISS. Image via Google Maps

Human research facility 2. ISS. February 2017 Images via Google Maps
Human research facility 2. ISS. February 2017 Images via Google Maps

Want more space tech?

On Google Maps below, click on the Bldg 9 Space Vehicle Mock-Up Facility and then click on the photo shown… the map will then take you inside the building so you can see inside this important NASA training site.

Whilst you’re exploring this area have a look for the following sites too:

  • Christopher C. Kraft Jnr. Mission Control Center
  • NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Space Center Houston

Extra support material

NASA’s page on the International Space Station

Find out more about the current NASA’s astronauts

NASA TV – worth a look!

World Space Week 4 – 10 October, 2017

Happy teaching,

Ben Newsome.

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