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Take a Guided Tour of the International Space Station

Before she left the International Space Station this weekend, former ISS commander Suni Williams recorded an extensive guided tour of the orbital laboratory. The tour includes scenes of each of the station’s modules and research facilities with a running narrative by Williams of the work that has taken place and which is ongoing aboard the orbital outpost.

Suni Williams, Expedition 33 commander, works in the Quest airlock of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA


Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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  • Paul stott November 20, 2012, 5:25 PM

    Fantastic footage i often watch the iss fly bye.gives a great insight as to what its like.thanks…..Paul stott UK

  • Gordon Lindsay November 20, 2012, 5:45 PM

    Excellent video gives a better understanding of the physical requirements of astronauts “I could never fit in the Soyuz vehicle”.

  • Aqua4U November 20, 2012, 6:25 PM

    Now THAT’s a great ‘home movie!’ I’ll bettcha Suni insisted on making it herself, for memory’s sake? I wonder if she’s scheduled to ever return to the ISS? Am sure there are lots of volunteers and anxiously awaiting astronauts and cosmonauts in line! The Russian segments, like the Soyuz, would take some conditioning to get used to? Claustrophobia anyone? Eeeek! I wonder what the two Russians were doing that made them appear to be apprehensive? Hiding something fellers? “Nyet! Cold War over… not hiding plasma physics experiment or secret communication spy device… Spasibo, spasibo za vopros – Dah?”

  • Prism2Spectrum November 20, 2012, 6:59 PM

    Interesting tour of what life is like in Station of Earth orbit. Far from Science Fiction film interiors, though: 2001 A S.O., it is not (perhaps in 2301). Amazing to learn that the insignificant motions of peddling an interior, rigidly-mounted bicycle machine could actually transfer force through the Station, and cause exterior effects! (A study in Physics there, I guess.) Thanks for giving us Earthlings a glimpse of man’s international presence in Space.

    Just after a 25+m video, I could almost imagine the sensation one might feel upon stepping, or being lifted-out, of a safe-landed Soyuz Capsule, reentering the good-earth’s natural environment: How exhilarating it must be, in sent of fresh air breeze! An enhanced appreciation, for our wide-open World, must rush up from the soil, after months of claustrophobic confinement in an artificial Space Labyrinth. But what a new perspective on life and Nature – or Creation – it must leave, with the men and women who have soared above Earth on flaming wing, and known Icarus’s dream!

  • bugzzz November 20, 2012, 7:31 PM

    This is friggin’ excellent. I’ve always wanted to see something like this. Great tour! Thanks Suni & Nancy. One thing though – it needs more windows! :-)

  • Kawarthajon November 20, 2012, 8:14 PM

    Great video. Very cool. I wonder how long it takes for them to get from the space station to the earth?

  • Tranquility Base November 20, 2012, 9:37 PM

    Wow, that is such a cool video!! Amazing how big it it. And so cool to see how everything works!! http://tranquilitybaseblog.blogspot.com/

  • Ronnie Yates November 21, 2012, 9:43 AM

    What a fantastic tour. Thanks you Sunni, and thank you Nancy for bringing that to us.

  • Alan Curley November 21, 2012, 11:34 PM

    That movie brought me back to my childhood and made me want to be an astronaut again.it reminded me why I became an engineer. Inspiring.

  • Nick November 22, 2012, 11:13 AM

    Great float-thru. How do the Americans do the ventilation piping the Russians lay through the bulk-head – do they run on the outside of the station? Also, are the Russian cramped and dark conditions a consequence of no Shuttle – and would the Americans have to adopt the same reduced dimensions if they were to launch new modules?