International Space Station

This illustration shows the International Space Station in shades of blue. The space station has a thin middle body made up of different small modules. Extending out from the middle body of the station, each side is flanked by a "wing" made up of a series of long, rectangular solar array pieces.
Historical DateDecember 20, 2022
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An illustration of the International Space Station. The colors depicted in this illustration are for artistic purposes only.

The space station is a microgravity laboratory orbiting Earth which has been continuously occupied by humans since 2000. A collaborative multinational project between NASA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), ESA (European Space Agency), Roscosmos and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), it houses astronauts who work on everything from spacewalks to perform maintenance and upgrades, to scientific research investigations to improve life on Earth.

Launched: November 20, 1998