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NASA has released a special image of the moon taken by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS).
The image revealed the moon in its full brilliance, as it was taken by pioneers in Earth orbit on January 29, a day after the full moon, known as the wolf’s moon.
“This image of the waning moon was taken on January 29, 2021, the day after the full moon phase, as the International Space Station was orbiting 264 miles (400 km) above China near the Mongolian border,” NASA commented on the photo.
Although the International Space Station is closer to the Moon than we are on Earth, the difference is almost immeasurable.
The International Space Station is located at an average altitude of 408 km above our planet, while the Moon is 384,400 km away from it.
As such, those on board the International Space Station are 0.1% closer to the surface of the Moon than to the Earth’s population.
The International Space Station is moving around the Earth at an amazing rate, as it orbits our planet at an amazing speed of 7.66 kilometers per second, and it takes just over 90 minutes to complete a full flight around the Earth.
As it flies around the Earth, it moves from west to east, following a horizontal “S” shape.
Unfortunately, the International Space Station is nearing the end of its life cycle. It is mandated to run until 2028 as part of international space cooperation.
However, a report from Russian manufacturer RSC Energia, the main developer and contractor for Russias manned spaceflight program, revealed that the orbital laboratory may not last long.
According to the flight director of the Russian section of the International Space Station, Vladimir Alekseevich Soloviev, many elements on the International Space Station have been damaged beyond repair, and the space station may be referred to early retirement.
He said Russia expects “a torrent of failures” on the International Space Station. He noted that the damage would be very costly, and Russia might have to create its own orbital laboratory.