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The International Space Station as seen from a Space Shuttle in 2001 with the Earth in the background.

Get to Know the Space Station

The International Space Station is a high-flying laboratory that supports a wide range of scientific inquiry. Use these links to get to know the space station: Take a tour, learn about the crew or see when the station will fly over your hometown!

Connect to the Mission

Explore NASA's media galleries to view and download high-resolution images of the solar system, agency missions, and more.

Expedition 22 Official Crew Portrait

Crews and Expeditions

Learn about the Astronauts who visit the International Space Station

The International Space Station

Station Live

Real-time video from the International Space Station

International Space Station -- Spot the Station

Spot the Station

Upcoming International Space Station sighting opportunities for your location.

The Canadarm2 robotic arm, from the Canadian Space Agency, is pictured attached to the International Space Station.

ISS Tracker

Live video of Earth is streaming from an external HD camera mounted on the ISS and tracker showing where the ISS is right now

Photo Station

Explore a breathtaking collection of Space Station Photos

Station Flickr Set about Photo Station
The Soyuz MS-22 rocket launches to the International Space Station

Additional Resources

International Space Station Website – Access the home page for the International Space Station.

Spot the Station – Find out when the station will be flying overhead.

Tour the Station – Get an inside view of the space station from one of its former residents.

Take ESA’s Online Tour of the Space Station – Just before European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti left the International Space Station after 199 days, she took up to 15 pictures inside each module. Now, the images have been stitched together to create an interactive panorama.

ISS Benefits for Humanity – Almost as soon as the International Space Station was habitable, researchers began using it to study the impact of microgravity and other space effects on several aspects of our daily lives.

Upward Magazine – The Quarterly Magazine of the International Space Station National Laboratory – Upward provides information about the latest research experiments taking place on the space station.

Build the Station Simulation – Educator Guide – Students work together to build a paper model of the International Space Station.

Kids Zone 3: International Space Station – Learn about the space station through videos and games.

International Space Station Activity Book – Get to know the space station through a series of fun activities.

Space Station Research Xplorer (SSRX) Mobile App (available on Apple and Android mobile platforms) – Search past and current space station studies, learn about facilities and benefits of the research being operated onboard the orbiting laboratory, and have access to many research related media links and other research related reference resources right at your fingertips.

Space Station Research Explorer (SSRE) on – Browse or search the thousands of space station experiments and investigations, facilities, results summaries, article citations, and in-orbit imagery.

Space to Ground – Watch a new episode of the “Space to Ground” Web series every Friday. Each episode features a short wrap-up of the week’s activities aboard the International Space Station. The wrap-up showcases the diversity of activities taking place aboard the world’s only orbiting laboratory.

One-Year Mission – Meet astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, the two crew members that stayed on board the space station for one year. The One-Year Mission focused on seven categories of research: functional, behavioral health, visual impairment, metabolic, physical performance, microbial and human factors.  Check out these One-Year Mission Video Series to learn more about the areas of research conducted as a part of the One-Year Mission.