How to Steer the Space Station: Chris Hadfield Explains

Article Updated: 23 Dec , 2015

Attitude and altitude are important factors for flying a spaceship. But How do you control the International Space Station, a ship the size of a US football field (or five hockey rinks — a better reference for Canadians!)? And where does this happen? Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield answers these questions from inside the ISS.

And below is a beautiful image Hadfield just shared via social media today, showing shadows and clouds over a mountain:


6 Responses

  1. Aqua4U says:

    Chris Hadfield is a really cool guy! I like all the effort he’s put into his public outreach videos. I hope you get a chance to interview him sometime soon? Be way cool to ‘get the grits’ from his perspective… He does Canada proud!

  2. zetetic elench says:

    is there any reason those panels, or additional supplement panels, couldn’t be tethered a few thousand meters away so they could keep solar alignment separately?
    Does one set of reaction wheels turn the entire thing?

  3. But…. isn’t he talking about orientation rather than actual steering?

  4. m crow says:

    What about when you want to use rest room because everything seems to to rise up instead of falling.

  5. Mabel says:

    I would go up there if the spaceship was like the TNG Enterprise. I’d like to have the view; just from a nice cushy suite with sparkly blankets and a replicator. 🙂

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