How did international space station(iss) gained its name?

How did international space station(iss) gained its name?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    President Ronald Reagan proposed the station name "Freedom" in 1984. That name was abandoned soon after the fall of the Soviet Union, replaced with "Alpha" while the plans were redesigned.

    The Russians argue that Mir was the first true space station, and the new outpost should be called "Beta."

    The only name all 16 nations agreed to was "International Space Station."

    So pretty much it's the only name all the countries participating agreed on...

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Sending the crew out there is the expensive part. Extremely expensive. You have to go all the way to the Moon (accelerate the stuff and the people to 11 km/s), then land on the Moon (braking against 1/6 gravity is not free), take off from the Moon again (some of the people would insist on being brought back alive) which takes more fuel, then arrive back at Earth at 25,000 mph (11 km/s) and... hope for the best. In comparison, the shuttle only needs to reach a little less than 8 km/s to achieve orbit. Drop off the material (which, being in the cargo hold of the shuttle, is already in the proper orbit) and the people. Those who insist on coming back, hop back into the shuttle which simply needs to brake a bit, causing it to drop into the atmosphere at a safer speed of 17,000 mph. Also, on the Moon, you do not get any of the benefits of being in orbit (e.g., microgravity experiments). On the space spation, the "lifeboat" is a simple Soyouz capsule. You hop in, separate, brake a bit... and you fall back to Earth. From the Moon, you'd need a much more elaborate space vehicle as a "lifeboat". Of course, if YOU have the money to build a Moon base, go right ahead.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yep, the above answer is what I teach in school. Not very exciting is it?

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