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The first International Space Station component, the Russian Zarya module, was launched in November 1998. In the 15 years since, NASA and its global partners have built a world class orbiting ...

The first International Space Station component, the Russian Zarya module, was launched in November 1998. In the 15 years since, NASA and its global partners have built a world class orbiting laboratory, establishing a continuous human presence in space since 2000 and paving the way for future exploration beyond.

We're celebrating this milestone with an infographic showcasing some of the amazing and surprising facts about humanity's home away from Earth, but there's much more to learn. For the latest news, features and videos from orbit, visit http://www.nasa.gov/station. You can also find out how to see the station yourself at http://spotthestation.nasa.gov or watch live station video at http://www.nasa.gov/iss-stream.

Credit: NASA/Gary Daines

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Infographic: 15 Years of the International Space Station Infographic Transcript

  • 1. 15 YEARS THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION'S LENGTH AND WIDTH IS ABOUT THE SIZE OF AN AMERICAN FOOTBALL FIELD MODULE LENGTH: 167.3 FEET (51 METERS) TRUSS LENGTH: 357.5 FEET (109 METERS) SOLAR ARRAY LENGTH: 239.4 FEET (73 METERS) MASS: 924,739 POUNDS (419,455 KILOGRAMS) HABITABLE VOLUME: 13,696 CUBIC FEET (388 CUBIC METERS) PRESSURIZED VOLUME: 32,333 CUBIC FEET (916 CUBIC METERS) POWER GENERATION: 8 SOLAR ARRAYS = 84 KILOWATTS LIVING AND WORKING IN ORBIT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION BENEFITS FOR HUMANITY ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CREWS HAVE EATEN ABOUT Menu 25,000 MEALS ADVANCED ROBOTIC SURGERY 10 SINCE THE FIRST CREW IN 2000 APPROXIMATELY SEVEN TONS OF SUPPLIES SUPPORT A CREW OF THREE FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS CLEAN DRINKING WATER 7 FOR PEOPLE LIVING FAR FROM WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES TONS SPACEWALKING REMOTE ASTRONAUTS AND COSMONAUTS MEDICAL DIAGNOSTICS MORE THAN 1,500 SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATIONS PERFORMED ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION EDUCATIONAL EVENTS HAVE SPENT MORE THAN 1,000 HOURS WORKING OUTSIDE THE STATION 42 MILLION STUDENTS REACHED MICROGRAVITY AND LOW-EARTH ORBIT ONE THING YOU CAN SAY ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CONDUCTING EXPERIMENTS IN: IT'S BIG HUMAN RESEARCH LARGER THAN A RESEARCH LABORATORY 5-BEDROOM HOUSE LIFE SCIENCES INTERNAL VOLUME OF A BOEING 747 PHYSICAL SCIENCES WEIGHS ALMOST A EARTH SCIENCES MILLION POUNDS (EQUIVALENT TO MORE THAN 320 AUTOMOBILES] ASTROPHYSICS TRAVELS THE EQUIVALENT DISTANCE TO THE MOON AND BACK TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH IN ABOUT A DAY INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TIMELINE IN 1998 … FEB. 24, 2011 FINAL MODULE ITIALIAN LEONARDO ASSEMBLY COMPLETE 43% OF AMERICAN ADULTS OWNED A COMPUTER 41% USED THE INTERNET 35% USED EMAIL FACEBOOK, TWITTER, MYSPACE AND YOUTUBE DIDN’T EXIST GOOGLE WAS BRAND NEW THE FIRST IPOD WAS STILL THREE YEARS AWAY NOV. 20, 1998 FIRST MODULE RUSSIAN ZARYA IN 2013 ... DEC. 6, 1998 FIRST U.S. MODULE UNITY OCT. 30, 2000 FIRST CREW, EXPEDITION 1 61% OF AMERICAN ADULTS OWN A LAPTOP 58% OWN A DESKTOP 85% USE THE INTERNET 70% HAVE BROADBAND AT HOME MORE THAN 90% OWN A CELL PHONE 42% OWN AN MP3 PLAYER 88% USE EMAIL 48% USE SOCIAL MEDIA NOV. 30, 2000 FIRST U.S. SOLAR ARRAYS FEB. 7, 2008 FIRST EUROPEAN MODULE COLUMBUS MARCH 11, 2008 FIRST COMPONENT OF JAPANESE KIBO MODULE FEB. 7, 2001 FIRST U.S. LAB DESTINY 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 MARCH 15, 2009 FINAL SOLAR ARRAYS 2003 THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION IS A GLOBAL PROGRAM 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 SPACEPORT FOR A VARIETY OF INTERNATIONAL SPACECRAFT INVOLVING THE UNITED STATES, RUSSIA, EUROPE, CANADA, AND JAPAN. RUSSIA SOYUZ UNITED STATES SPACE SHUTTLE U.S. COMMERCIAL SPACE X DRAGON U.S. COMMERCIAL ORBITAL CYGNUS JAPAN HTV VISITED BY MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE FROM EUROPE ATV 15 NATIONS LEARN MORE LATEST NEWS AND PHOTOS SEE IT FOR YOURSELF LIVE VIDEO www.nasa.gov/station spotthestation.nasa.gov www.nasa.gov/iss-stream