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Where Is the International Space Station Situated?

The International Space Station or the ISS is the single largest spacecraft that humans have ever put into space. It provides a base for scientific researches.

The ISS operates in collaboration with five space agencies –  NASA (United States), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada). 

The ISS project started in the year 1998 and took two years to become fully functional. 

Let’s find out more about the ISS:

  • The ISS is the home for astronauts in space. It is well equipped to generate its own power, fetch and store data and host the crew
  • It also has small spacecraft attached to it. These spacecraft don’t host humans but provide platforms for research
  • The ISS and its smaller space stations provide a long-term environment where several scientific studies can be performed for decades

The daily expenditure of an ISS crew member is estimated to be nearly $7.5 million.

DID YOU KNOW?

The International Space Station was not launched as a single unit. Several space shuttles were assembled over a period of two years to make the ISS.

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