The International Space Station turns 15 years old today, and NASA is celebrating this fun anniversary in musical form. The space agency released a delightful video this morning about the orbiting lab, set to a very country and banjo-filled tune you'd likely hear at your local chili cook off or rodeo-themed bar; NASA's ISS headquarters are in Houston, Texas after all, so the music scene must be having some sort of influence on the rocket scientists. The singer (who I really hope is a NASA employee as well) details interesting facts about the station in twanging verse. Right out of the gate, he rhymes ISS with success, so you know it's going to be a good time.
It's actually a really fun way to learn some trivia about the ISS, like how there are two toilets but no bath for space travelers. It also explains the station's logistics: it's about the size of a football field and weighs up to 1 million pounds. Additionally, more than 200 people have lived on the ISS during its time in space, and up to 1,700 science experiments have been conducted onboard the lab. The station's microgravity environment is great for experimenting with human tissue growth, and its altitude of 200 miles above Earth's surface gives it a great vantage point for gathering data about our planet's glaciers, cities, and coral reefs.
The best part of this anniversary is that we're going to celebrate many more birthdays with the ISS. Recently the station's planned operational time was extended through 2024, and NASA officials have said that it could probably last until 2028, as well. That's definitely something worth singing about.
Correction: NASA's headquarters are in Washington D.C., while the ISS program is run out of Houston, Texas. A previous version of this story suggested NASA's headquarters are also in Houston.