International Space Station to fly over Kampala

Kenneth Kazibwe

Kenneth Kazibwe

, Technology

The United States embassy in Uganda has announced that the International Space Station will for the first time hoover over Kampala’s air space.

The International Space Station is a large spacecraft that moves around the earth with astronauts and is used as a science lab that a number of countries worked together to assemble.
According to the US embassy, the spacecraft will hover around the skies of Kampala on Saturday morning at exactly 06:26am.

“The space station looks like a fast-moving plane in the sky but will be seen as a steady-not blinking-brilliant white pinpoint of light,” says the US embassy on their Facebook page.

“You will not need anything except your eyes to see it as it is the third brightest object in the sky.Only the sun and moon are brighter.”

The US embassy says the space craft will be watched in the Southwest sky at exactly 6:25 and at 6:29 it will be directly overhead, 400 km above the earth.
It will disappear in the low Northeast sky at exactly 6:32 am.

The first component of the International Space Station was launched into orbit in 1998 whereas the last pressurised module was fitted in 2011 and the station is expected to be used until 2028.

The space craft is the largest human-made body in low earth orbit and can often be seen with the naked eye from earth.

The object is 72.8 m (239 ft) long and 108.5m a356ft) wide.
The International Space Station helps is used for research that helps in development of new improved vaccines by scientists according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration( NASA), a United States government agency responsible for science and technology related to air and space.

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