by Alex Autin

Happy Birthday International Space Station! #ISS15!

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The ISS turns 15!

On November 20, 1998, Zarya, the first module of the International Space Station (ISS) was launched. Since that beginning 5 space agencies representing 16 nations have worked together to build one of the most complex scientific and technological endeavors ever undertaken.

On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, celebrate this ongoing achievement in science, discovery, and international cooperation along with NASA, The European Space Agency (ESA), The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), The Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), as these agencies launch a planet-wide wave on Twitter to cheer the Space Station!

Starting midnight GMT, the Station’s official time zone, these space agencies will tweet for 24 hours – one tweet every hour, on the hour. Show your support and join the wave by following the hashtag #ISS15. Keep the wave rolling by tweeting what the ISS – its science, technology and astronauts – means to you!  You can also take part by posting your photos and joining the conversation on the Google+ community page: ISS15 – join the world-wide wave.

Also remember to spend special birthday tweets up to our current Expedition 38 crew members – JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov, Mikhail Tyurin, and Sergey Ryazanskiy, and NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio, and Michael Hopkins!

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As for my ‘favorite ISS astronaut’?  Well, that list would include every one who’s ever gone up. Including these:

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ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, Expedition 36 flight engineer. World’s sexiest astronaut – EVER!

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CSA astronaut, and Expedition 35 commander, Chris Hadfield. Mr Inspiration!

JAXA astronaut Aki Hoshide, Expedition 32 flight engineer - who took some of THE MOST AMAZING spacewalk photographs. Seriously, check them out....

JAXA astronaut Aki Hoshide, Expedition 32 flight engineer – who took some of THE MOST AMAZING spacewalk photographs. Seriously, check them out….

NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, Expedition 32 flight engineer, and holds the records for longest single space flight by a woman (195 days), total spacewalks by a woman (7), and most spacewalk time for a woman (50 hours, 40 minutes). WOW! Oh yeah, and photo taken by

NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, Expedition 32 flight engineer, and holds the records for longest single space flight by a woman (195 days), total spacewalks by a woman (7), and most spacewalk time for a woman (50 hours, 40 minutes). WOW! Oh yeah, and this photo was taken by Aki Hoshide!

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Roscosmos cosmonaut, and Expedition 23/24 flight engineer, Mikhail Kornienko. 53 year old Kornienko was recently chosen, along with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, both spaceflight veterans, to take part in an unprecedented year-long ISS mission.

 

GO ISS GO!!

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15 responses

  1. Lovely lovely!

    November 19, 2013 at 11:42 am

    • Indeed Mak, I hope you’re wearing your party hat today :D

      November 20, 2013 at 10:33 am

  2. I didn’t realize it was 15 yrs. Time flies. I will see if I can hone my tweet wings and take part. I have some ISS pictures as it passed over at different times. I even have a movie or two of solar transits.

    I would also add Expedition 30 astronaut Don Pettit, among others, to the favorites.

    Thanks for reminding me of this big day.

    November 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    • I definitely think you should share your pics and videos on twitter. I actually thought about you and your photography when I first read about this. Looking forward to catching your tweets!

      November 20, 2013 at 10:35 am

      • I have a couple of things posted. Thanks.

        November 20, 2013 at 10:48 am

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  4. A worthy dedication indeed!

    November 20, 2013 at 6:43 am

    • Thanks Frank! I hope you join the wave and send a few tweets out there!

      November 20, 2013 at 10:36 am

      • Tweets? Me? Ha ha ha

        November 20, 2013 at 7:47 pm

        • No? Por que?

          November 21, 2013 at 8:59 am

          • I have thought about getting an account to become better informed …. but haven’t done so yet.

            November 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

  5. Lovely dedication, Alex – I’m such a sucker for the aesthetics of space travel – beautifully captured in these shots.

    November 20, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    • I’m pretty much a sucker for the aesthetics of anything having to do with space, Richard. ANYTHING! :D

      November 21, 2013 at 9:02 am

  6. I missed the freaking party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m going to go buy some cake and celebrate late.

    November 22, 2013 at 10:14 pm

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