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International Space Station


International Space Station: Off the Earth, for the Earth, and Beyond.


★ Tour the International Space Station - Inside ISS - HD


International Space Station Orbit Tracker


NASA - International Space Station


Capturing the ISS (International Space Station) through my Telescope

The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit. Its first component launched into orbit in 1998, the last pressurised module was fitted in 2011, and the station is expected to operate until 2028. Development and assembly of the station continues, with components scheduled for launch in 2018 and 2019. The ISS is the largest human-made body in low Earth orbit and can often be seen with the naked eye from Earth. The ISS consists of pressurised modules, external trusses, solar arrays, and other components. ISS components have been launched by Russian Proton and Soyuz rockets, and American Space Shuttles.
  • Purpose 

  • Manufacturing 

  • Assembly 

  • Structure 

  • Systems 

  • Operations 

  • Mission controls 

  • Fleet operations 

  • Life aboard 

  • Crew health and safety 

  • End of mission 

  • Sightings from Earth