Orbiting Laboratories

Below you can check out some of the most famous space stations humans have built. Space stations are essentially human-made satellites which orbit Earth at a relatively low altitude of about 400 kilometres (250 miles). They are launched to be long-duration bases and laboratories to conduct space-based science. From the first Soviet Salyut stations, through to the amazing International Space Station (ISS), we learn more and more about how to live in space for long periods of time which will help us one day explore the stars!

Skylab – Learning To Live And Work In Space!

Enjoying learning about Skylab - the United States’ first space station which the successful Apollo program. Skylab was manned by a total of 9 astronauts over 3 missions of 28, 59 and 84 days respectively during its 6 years orbiting Earth. Skylab’s orbit eventually decayed causing an uncontrolled re-entry, scattering debris over the Indian Ocean and Western Australia.


Check Out Mir The Legendary Soviet Space Station!

The Mir Space Station is a legendary modular spacecraft assembled in orbit by the Soviet Union and Russia between 1986 and 1996. Lasting a total of 15 years, Mir completed an amazing 86,331 orbits of Earth! After hosting cosmonauts and astronauts from various countries the station was deorbited in 2001, burning over the South Pacific Ocean.


25 Amazing Facts About The International Space Station (ISS)!

Check out these Fun Facts about the International Space Station (ISS)! Learn when it was launched, how big it is, how many astronauts have visited it and many more interesting facts. Launched in 1998 as an orbiting science laboratory to learn how humans can live and work in space the ISS has now been in orbit over 20 years and has broken many records!

Learn About China’s Heavenly Palace Tiangong-1!

It is appropriate that Tiangong-1 literally means ‘Heavenly Palace’ in Chinese, being the first habitable space station to serve as a manned laboratory launched by China. Three Chinese Shenzhou spacecraft visited Tiangong-1 while it was in orbit, paving the way for a larger modular Chinese space station in the future. The Tiangong-1 re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere and burnt up on April 2nd 2018.