The International Space Station is a large spacecraft in orbit around Earth. It serves as a home where crews of astronauts and cosmonauts live. The space station is also a unique science laboratory. Several nations worked together to build and use the space station. The space station is made of parts that were assembled in space by astronauts. It orbits Earth at an average altitude of 220 miles. It travels at 17,500 mph. This means it orbits Earth every 90 minutes. NASA is using the space station to learn more about living and working in space. These lessons will make it possible to send humans farther into space than ever before.
I found this website useful because it told me molecules can reach almost 5000 degrees F. This is where the layer gets its name. However, an astronaut requires thermal protection to prevent freezing to death. This is because there are so few molecules and they are so far apart that the high energy doesn't amount to much.
I found this website useful because it told me why the temperature fluctuates so much in the thermosphere, Solar activity strongly influences temperature in the thermosphere. The thermosphere is typically about 360° F hotter in the daytime than at night, and roughly 900° F hotter when the Sun is very active than at other times. Temperatures in the upper thermosphere can range from about 932° F to 3,632° F or higher. Also, the aurora primarily occur in the thermosphere. Charged particles from space collide with atoms and molecules in the thermosphere at high latitudes, exciting them into higher energy states. Those atoms and molecules shed this excess energy by emitting photons of light, which we see as colorful auroral displays.
I found this website by nasa useful because it told me what kinds of things there is in the thermosphere, like how it it can reach up to 4,500 degrees fahrenheit it also it tells me that the International space station that over looks earth is also in the thermosphere. Another thing is that low orbiting satellites are in the thermosphere.