International Space Station

Government

Height : 72 Metres

Width : 108 Metres

Mass : 419 Tonnes

Volume : 931 m3

Orbit : Low Earth Orbit

Founded : November 20, 1998 00:00

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

Pyotr Dubrov

Flight Engineer

Nationality Russian

Date Of Birth January 30, 1978 00:00

Status Active


Mark T. Vande Hei

Flight Engineer

Nationality American

Date Of Birth November 10, 1966 00:00

Status Active


Robert S. Kimbrough

Flight Engineer

Nationality American

Date Of Birth June 4, 1967 00:00

Status Active


K. Megan McArthur

Flight Engineer

Nationality American

Date Of Birth August 30, 1971 00:00

Status Active


Akihiko Hoshide

Flight Engineer

Nationality Japanese

Date Of Birth December 28, 1968 00:00

Status Active


Thomas Pesquet

Commander

Nationality French

Date Of Birth February 27, 1978 00:00

Status Active


Anton Shkaplerov

Flight Engineer

Nationality Russian

Date Of Birth February 20, 1972 00:00

Status Active


Docked Vehicles

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

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems


Docking

Docking Location Unity nadir

Crew Capacity 0


Crew Dragon Endeavour

SpaceX


Docking

Docking Location Harmony zenith

Crew Capacity 4


Soyuz MS-19

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)


Docking

Docking Location Rassvet nadir

Crew Capacity 3