Dec
07
2008

International Space Station 10 years old

International Space Station: To see a really big version of this click on the word NASA (in red).
International Space Station: To see a really big version of this click on the word NASA (in red).Courtesy NASA

Two space vehicles joined Dec. 1998

The Russian-built Zarya module and the U.S.-built Node 1, also called Unity, were connected together ten years ago. Thus began one of the greatest international, technological, political, and engineering achievements in human history.

Ten years later, the station's mass has expanded to more than 627,000 pounds, and its interior volume is more than 25,000 cubic feet, comparable to the size of a five-bedroom house. Since Zarya's launch, there have been 29 additional construction flights to the station: 27 aboard the space shuttle and two additional Russian launches. NASA

Learn more about the space station's past and future

Future launch dates and additions
Computer rendering of future ISS assembly
International Space Station assembly sequence and componant descriptions
Latest news from NASA International Space Station webpage

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Roosevelt81's picture

At 627,000 total pounds, it's not quite the size of a death star. You don't hear of a scientific break-through as a direct result of experiements taking place on the space station. Are we yet seeing a return on investment?

posted on Mon, 12/08/2008 - 1:41pm
Robert's picture
Robert says:

Blame it on the Sun WHY??????????????????????????????????????????????????????

posted on Tue, 12/16/2008 - 2:04pm
Alvarado's picture
Alvarado says:

cool, thats a great picture....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 12/17/2008 - 1:59pm
Alvarado's picture
Alvarado says:

wHY bame it on the sun its just still not traveling..

posted on Wed, 12/17/2008 - 2:01pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

its already ten years old i dont think it should be allowed in space

posted on Wed, 12/17/2008 - 2:14pm

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