Ignite your curiosity and grow your passion for space and science at our monthly Thought Leader Series. The best and brightest minds examine the significance of historic missions, share the latest news in space exploration and look ahead to the future of space travel. This immersive series takes guests beyond our walls to provide inspiring, engaging and educational learning experiences.
Upcoming Thought Leader Series presentation
Challenges of Building the Space Station
Feb. 6 | 7 p.m.
Learn about the challenges of building the International Space Station (ISS) from retired NASA astronauts Scott Parazynski and Mike Foreman 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in the next installment of our ongoing Thought Leader Series, presented by UTMB. Space Center Houston scientist in residence Dr. John Charles will moderate the presentation.
This evening event is free to the public, however a ticket is required because space is limited.
In 1998, the first segment of a truly international space station was launched into low-Earth orbit.
In 2000, the Expedition 1 crew became the first to live and work aboard the International Space Station (ISS), but it would take over a decade to finish building the massive floating laboratory.
The space station is a feat of engineering. The large modules and other pieces of the station were delivered on 42 assembly flights, 37 on the U.S. space shuttles and five on Russian Proton/Soyuz rockets.
An acre of solar panels powers the station. The solar array wingspan (240 feet) is about the same length as the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380. The space station is 357 feet end-to-end, one yard shy of the full length of an American football field including the end zones. Eight miles of wire connects the electrical power system aboard the space station.
The International Space Station (ISS) has been continuously inhabited by multinational crews since November 2000, surpassing the previous record of nearly 10 years by the Russian Mir space station.
The Feb. 6 Thought Leaders Series will continue Space Center Houston’s ongoing recognition of twenty years of continuous human occupancy aboard the ISS. Our 2020 panel of experts will include both the planners and the doers and will provide an evening of fascination and information as they tell how the ISS took shape hundreds of miles above the earth.