International Space Station

International Space Station


Height 72.80 Metres

Width 108.50 Metres

Mass 419.70 Tonnes

Volume 931.00 m3

Orbit Low Earth Orbit

Founded 1998-11-20

Mission Description

The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit. Its first component was launched into orbit in 1998, with the first long-term residents arriving in November 2000. It has been inhabited continuously since that date. The last pressurised module was fitted in 2011, and an experimental inflatable space habitat was added in 2016. The station is expected to operate until 2030. Development and assembly of the station continues, with several new elements scheduled for launch in 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 habitation modules, structural trusses, solar arrays, radiators, docking ports, experiment bays and robotic arms. ISS components have been launched by Russian Proton and Soyuz rockets, and American Space Shuttles.

Expedition 62

Andrew R. Morgan

Flight Engineer

Jessica Meir

Flight Engineer

Oleg Skripochka


Docked Vehicles

Progress MS-13

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)


Docking Location Pirs nadir

Human Rated No

Soyuz MS-15

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)


Docking Location Zvezda Aft

Human Rated Yes

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