International Space Station 10th Anniversary

    Astronauts Chris Ferguson and Mike FinckeImage above: STS-126 Commander Chris Ferguson and Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke mark the 10th anniversary of the International Space Station with a special message. Credit: NASA
    + View message
    Nations around the world will join together to mark a milestone in space exploration this week, celebrating the 10th birthday of a unique research laboratory, the International Space Station.

    Now the largest spacecraft ever built, the orbital assembly of the space station began with the launch from Kazakhstan of its first bus-sized component, Zarya, on Nov. 20, 1998. The launch began an international construction project of unprecedented complexity and sophistication.

    + Read more

Space Station Information

The ISS to Date

International Space Station

Check out some current statistics on the International Space Station.

› Read More

Science Aboard the Station

ISS science

From physiology to physics, results from station experiments are causing scientists to rethink existing models, and propose new approaches and observations as they seek to understand data from orbit.

› Read More

Interactive Station Features

Space Station Multimedia