When you look at the sky at night, you can see a bright new star. But it is Alpha. the International Space Station.
You can find out when to see Alpha and the shuttle position in your area at NASA’s website-http://apaceflight.nasa.gov/station/.
The station is the size of three houses and has got scientific laboratories Alpha has got a radio. They use the radio to talk to their friends and families on Earth
Alpha uses solar power. It recycles air and water and the space shuttle brings food three or four times a year.
There are up to eight astronauts on Alpha. There is no gravity so they don’t need beds! they wash with wet cloths Once a day, they spend thirty minutes on an exercise bike to keep fit.
They have normal food but don’t have kitchen The astronauts choose their food months before the trip and a computer tells them their menu for every meal.
In the station they don’t need shoes! When they go outside on space walks, they wear special space suits with oxygen and food for eight hours.
Astronauts on Alpha are busy. They check the repairs or building work. Every day one of the crew does the housework-it is very important to keep the station clean