The International Space Station (ISS) is a habitable artificial satellite in low Earth orbit. It follows the Salyut, Almaz, Skylab and Mir stations as the ninth space station to be inhabited. The ISS is a modular structure whose first component was launched in 1998. Like many artificial satellites, the station can be seen with the naked eye from Earth without any special equipment. The ISS consists of pressurised modules, external trusses, solar arrays and other components. ISS components have been launched by American Space Shuttles as well as Russian Proton and Soyuz rockets. Budget constraints led to the merger of three space station projects with the Japanese Kibō module and Canadian robotics. In 1993 the partially built Soviet/Russian Mir-2, the proposed American Freedom, and the proposed European Columbus merged into a single multinational programme. Read more on wikipedia
After 5 years of orbiting the Earth, TanDEM-X and TerraSAR-X satellites, produced a stereoscopic pictures of the planet. A new 3D image of the Earth has been completed. Mountain peaks, plateaus and even the shores of the Bahamas can now be viewed with an accuracy of one meter.
Will there be a potential threat to the satellites?
A new fleet of 28 small satellites, called Flock 1, may help provide a perspective of Earth to people like never before.
The Obama administration wants to keep the International Space Station, a $100 billion orbital research outpost that is a project of 15 nations, flying until at least 2024, four years beyond a previous target, NASA said on Wednesday.
On Christmas Eve 2013 two NASA astronauts spent more than seven hours working outside the International Space Station and successfully repaired a critical cooling system.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will begin a series of spacewalks this weekend to repair the orbital outpost's cooling system, delaying a cargo resupply flight until January, NASA said on Tuesday.
NASA is assessing a problem with one of two cooling systems aboard the International Space Station, a potentially serious but not life-threatening situation, officials said on Wednesday.
The Olympic torch will launch to space this Thursday onboard of this Soyuz TMA-11M rocket seen here. The rocket is adorned with the logo of the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee
Attached to the Harmony node, the first Cygnus commercial cargo spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences Corp. is seen in the grasp of the Canadarm2, photographed by an Expedition 37 crew member on the International Space Station.
Two Russian cosmonauts wrapped up a 5-hour, 58-minute spacewalk at 1:32 p.m. EDT Thursday, completing the replacement of a laser communications experiment with a new platform for a small optical camera system, the installation of new spacewalk aids and an inspection of antenna covers.
Clad in Russian Orlan spacesuits, Expedition 36 Flight Engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin opened the hatch to the Pirs docking compartment to begin their spacewalk at 10:39 a.m. EDT. The duo will spend about 6.5 hours rigging cables for the future arrival of a Russian laboratory modu...