JUN 21, 2017 08:40 AM PDT
Spacecraft Are Often Bigger Than You Think
WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard
3 4 280

Many times, artist renderings of spacecraft don't do it justice in terms of just how large these things can really be. While some spacecraft are larger than others, with some being the size of an automobile, many are monstrously larger than school buses.

For example, New Horizons was about the size of a Smart Car, but Juno it about as big as a basketball court. The International Space Station, on the other hand, is as big as a football field.

Sizes vary because different spacecraft serve different purposes. Obviously, those that carry people, like the International Space Station, need to be larger to accommodate for room. On the other hand, non-manned spacecraft can be smaller because they just need to house sensors and fuel.

In addition, many modern spacecraft are using solar arrays to power their equipment, which makes them wider than many older spacecraft that used nuclear power instead.

While pictures can be deceiving, NASA has tons of resources on their website that share accurate information about true spacecraft and space vehicle dimensions for your viewing pleasure.
About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
MAY 05, 2018
Videos
MAY 05, 2018
LED Farming: New Method of Growing Crops
Plants use all the visible wavelengths lights for photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is a plant's physiological process where carbon dioxide and water is conve
MAY 17, 2018
Videos
MAY 17, 2018
How Musical Instruments Boost Brain Function
Music and the brain are often part of the same scientific research projects. How music is processed in the brain and how we learn to recognize and replicat
MAY 20, 2018
Videos
MAY 20, 2018
What to Do if Bitten by a Snake
Snake bites can be scary; not just because they're painful, but also because it can be tough to discern whether the attacking snake is venomous or not. Nev
MAY 28, 2018
Videos
MAY 28, 2018
When Cells Decide Their Fate
We start out as a clump of generic cells, but at some point, cells have to start taking on special features and functions. As cells choose their fate, they
JUN 04, 2018
Videos
JUN 04, 2018
Making AI More Human
Machine learning or artificial intelligence is when a machine becomes able to think like a human. However, machine learning happens when thousands of choic
JUN 17, 2018
Videos
JUN 17, 2018
These Are the World's Largest Life Forms
Life forms throughout Earth’s history come in all different shapes and sizes, but have you ever wondered which ones were the largest? Mountain ash tr
Loading Comments...