International Space Station

An orbiting outpost for scientific, medical, and engineering experiments. Construction began in 1998. The last American component of the station was delivered in 2011. Crews of three spend several months aboard the station, with two crews inhabiting the station simultaneously. International partners in the project include the United States, Russia, Europe, Canada, and Japan.

Featured Images

Canopus, the second-brightest star in the night sky, from the space station
Stellar Beacon Tuesday, February 24, 2015
A brilliant aurora from the International Space Station
Fiery Sky Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Through the Glow Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Space station view of Comet ISON and other celestial objects
Doomed Comet Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer aboard the International Space Station
Magnetic Personality Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Sunset from the International Space Station
Eyes on High Monday, June 24, 2013
Soyuz spacecraft approaches space station with Moon in background
Ready for Arrival Monday, December 31, 2012
Nighttime view of the southeastern U.S. from the International Space Station
Blue Night Monday, November 5, 2012
Alexandria, Egypt, as seen from the International Space Station
City of Power Friday, July 20, 2012
June 5, 2012, Venus transit from International Space Station
Seeing Spots Saturday, June 9, 2012
A long-exposure view of Earth and the stars from the International Space Station
Around and Around We Go Saturday, May 26, 2012
Earth's atmosphere distorts the Moon as seen from the International Space Statio
Squashed Moon Tuesday, January 17, 2012
View of Comet Lovejoy from the International Space Station
Christmas Comet Friday, December 23, 2011
The glow of the aurora from the International Space Station
Heavenly Lightshow Sunday, November 6, 2011
International Space Station viewed from space shuttle Atlantis, July 19, 2011
Last Look Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Atlantis lands on July 21, 2011, ending the space shuttle program
That's All, Folks! Friday, July 22, 2011
Space shuttle Atlantis approaches the International Space Station, July 2011
Final Approach Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Atlantis launches on the final space shuttle mission, July 8, 2011
Last Call Friday, July 8, 2011
Stars and cities streak past space shuttle Endeavour
Fast Flyer Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 attached to the International Space Station
On Duty Monday, May 23, 2011
Space shutle Endeavour launches on its final mission, June 16, 2011
Final Endeavour Monday, May 16, 2011
Earth and Moon from International Space Station
Blue Moon? Monday, March 21, 2011
Space shuttle Discovery launch, February 24, 2011
Last Show Friday, February 25, 2011
Swooping In Monday, February 15, 2010

Radio Programs

Replicators Real-life “replicators” for space Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Anti-Discovery The possible signature of dark matter Wednesday, June 26, 2013
On Station II Brilliant targets for the space station Tuesday, June 25, 2013
On Station New “eyes” for the space station Monday, June 24, 2013
AMS-2 Looking for antimatter Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Last Ride Shuttling a big magnet into space Monday, April 18, 2011


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