The International Space Station is in constant motion, whipping around the Earth at some 17,000 miles per hour. But according to current ISS inhabitant and NASA astronaut Don Pettit, there's no reason why a bullet-fast orbital space station with no fixed location shouldn't have a fixed mailing address--after all, Navy ships have mailing addresses, as do remote outposts like McMurdo Station in Antarctica--and he's devised just such a postal nomenclature to satisfy this need via his NASA blog.
In this system, the "zip code" is 51.603, the first three digits representing the orbital inclination (which should help future space couriers locate the address on orbit) and the last two digits being a designator for the ISS itself. The station is the third such space station at this orbital location, after the Salyut series of stations and Mir. Pettit reasons that this nomenclature should work until the orbit becomes clogged with up to 99 space stations.
Postage rates, however, are likely going to be astronomical.
"Postage rates, however, are likely going to be astronomical."
He really feels his address should be that detailed? As if it may get delivered to the wrong orbiting space station! How many of those things do we have up there anyways?
We have only one ISS, alright then.
He must really want his NetFlix DVD really readlly bad, lol.
Science sees no further than what it can sense, i.e. facts.
Religion sees beyond the senses, i.e. faith.
Open your mind and see!
I think this is rather useless.. Why would anyone want to send letters to space I mean.. Just send an email.. It's free.
But still interesting..
Worthless but funny idea now. Hopefully useful in the future.
Can you give us any tecnical details of rendevous of a crewed spacecraft with the station? I would like to get more pictures and comments from the astronauts of the views of the stars, moon and other objects where being above the atmosphere mihgt make a difference besides Earth. howaboutit okay?
I want breakthrough propulsion physics to grow in N.A.S.A.'s priorities.