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Experience life on the International Space Station

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

The International Space Station (ISS) is 250 miles above Earth and orbits Earth every 90 minutes.

It has been visited by astronauts, scientists, and cosmonauts from 15 different countries and has been continuously occupied for more than 13 years.

What is it like to live aboard the ISS?

At the Paul Dennis Science Hall at Ingram Planetarium, you can watch a video featuring Sunita “Sunny” Williams, a U.S. Navy captain and NASA astronaut. As she floats through the ISS, Williams takes earthlings on a fascinating and highly entertaining behind-the-scenes guided tour.

Selected by NASA in 1998 to begin astronaut training, Williams has spent 322 days in space on two missions. She holds the record for the most cumulative spacewalk time (50 hours, 40 minutes) by a female astronaut. Watch the video and learn where and how astronauts eat, sleep, bathe, and conduct scientific experiments.

This video is an excellent companion to the planetarium’s 1 p.m. Sky Dome Theater feature movie, “Astronaut,” which explores the risks of being an astronaut as well as the training and engineering used to minimize these risks.

There is no charge to visit the Paul Dennis Science Hall or to watch the ISS video. Admission to “Astronaut” is free for members. Non-member per-show admission is $8 for adults (13-61), $7 for adults 62 and older, $6 for children 3 through 12, and free for children 2 and younger.

Ingram Planetarium is at 7625 High Market St. in Sunset Beach.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays during the off-season, through May 17.

For more information, call (910) 575-0033 or go to www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.