Live connection of RNE from the CAB
18-02-2016

On the night of Wednesday, February 17, the International Space Station (ISS) could be seen with the naked eye from the Iberian Peninsula and, to delve into the keys to the greatest structure ever created by man in space, the Mobile Unit of the magazine RNE's mornings moved to the Center of Astrobiology (CAB).

Jesús Martín Pintado , CAB astrophysicist who was manager of the Area of ​​the National Plan Space, and Rosa de la Torre , biologist of the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA), spoke live on the morning program presented by Alfredo Menéndez . The journalist Loreto Souto introduced the interview offering data on the ISS, the third brightest object in the night sky after the Sun and the Moon, and which is about 400 km high.

The researcher of the CAB explained that that night there were favorable conditions for its observation, that is, "the Sun, the Earth and the Station are aligned, so that the solar panels reflect their light so we can see it here. " But the ISS goes around the Earth every 91 minutes, at a speed of 27,500 km / hour, so the opportunity to see the ISS with the naked eye will probably repeat itself.

For her part, Rosa de la Torre spoke about the experiments that are done in the ISS, like the BIOMEX , in which INTA participates. Precisely, last week, two Russian cosmonauts withdrew from the outside of the ISS a platform in which samples of a lichen from Guadalajara (Spain) had been exposed to radiation since 2014. When they return to Earth, the researcher, together to his team, he will analyze the organisms to know their capacity of resistance to spatial conditions, similar to those of Mars.

In To the RTVE letter the podcast of the fifth hour of the program on February 17, 2016 is available. The report on the ISS can be heard from minute 28:15.

To receive notifications when there are good visibility conditions of the ISS from a specific region, you just have to register on the following page of NASA: Spot The Station .

 

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