• Question: how long has the iss been around and was it ever seriously damaged

    Asked by Rowhyn to Charlie πŸš€ on 17 Jun 2016.
    • Photo: Charles Laing

      Charles Laing answered on 17 Jun 2016:

      Hi Rowhyn,

      The ISS was launched in 1998 and now it is completed much time is spend on repairs.

      Tiny micro-meteorites hit the space station every day and it actually does not cause much of a problem – it is pretty resilient! Engineers regularly take pictures of the huge solar panels to look at damage and assess how often it gets hit.

      Thankfully no major damage has occured.

      Charlie πŸ˜€πŸš€