International Space Station

International Space Station

Government

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.

Crew

Thomas Pesquet

Commander

Nationality French

Date Of Birth 1978-02-27

Status Active

Type Government


Akihiko Hoshide

Flight Engineer

Nationality Japanese

Date Of Birth 1968-12-28

Status Active

Type Government


Anton Shkaplerov

Flight Engineer

Nationality Russian

Date Of Birth 1972-02-20

Status Active

Type Government


K. Megan McArthur

Flight Engineer

Nationality American

Date Of Birth 1971-08-30

Status Active

Type Government


Mark T. Vande Hei

Flight Engineer

Nationality American

Date Of Birth 1966-11-10

Status Active

Type Government


Pyotr Dubrov

Flight Engineer

Nationality Russian

Date Of Birth 1978-01-30

Status Active

Type Government


Robert S. Kimbrough

Flight Engineer

Nationality American

Date Of Birth 1967-06-04

Status Active

Type Government


Docked Vehicles

Soyuz MS-19

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)


Docking

Docking Location Rassvet nadir

Human Rated Yes


Cygnus CRS NG-16 (S.S. Ellison Onizuka)

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems


Docking

Docking Location Unity nadir

Human Rated No


Crew Dragon Endeavour

SpaceX


Docking

Docking Location Harmony zenith

Human Rated Yes


Progress MS-17

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)


Docking

Docking Location Poisk zenith

Human Rated No


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