International Space Station (ISS)

ISS The International Space Station (ISS) is meant to usher in an era of peace and unity among the world's community through scientific efforts and joint projects. The ISS ties together seventeen countries that span the globe in the hope of this very goal. This cooperative scientific project has become the largest and most complex peacetime project to occur for the first time in the history of human civilization. As we reach out for the heavens and fulfill the eagerness to explore vast new wonders and worlds.

Space Station Mission Statitics

Expedition 35 Mission Number:
Expedition 35

Lanuch Vehicle:
ISS Soyuz TMA-07M
ISS Soyuz TMA-08M
SpaceX 2

TMA-07M: December 19, 2012 @ 7:12 A.M. EST
TMA-08M: March 28, 2013 @
SpaceX 2: March 1, 2013 @ 10:10 A.M. EST

TMA-07M: December 21, 2012 @ 09:09 A.M. EST
TMA-08M: December 23, 2011 @ 11:22 A.M. EST
SpaceX 2: March 29, 2013 @ 10:28 P.M. EDT

TMA-07M: May 14, 2013 @ TBD
TMA-08M: September 11, 2013 @ TBD
SpaceX 2: March 26, 2013 @ 12:34 P.M. EDT


TMA-07M: Commander Chris Hadfield (NASA), Flight Engineer Roman Romanenko (RSA), Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn (NASA)
TMA-08M: Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin (RSA), Flight Engineer Pavel Vinogradov (RSA), Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy (NASA)
SpaceX 2: None


Measurement Information
Length Truss: 109 m (357.5 ft)

Module: 51 m (167.3 ft)

Solar Array: 73 m (239.4 ft)
Mass Total: 370,290 kg (816,349 lbs)

The ISS is almost four times larger than the former Russian Mir space station and about five times larger than the United States Skylab.

The ISS will weigh almost one million pounds (925,627 pounds) when fully constructed, which equates to more than 320 automobiles.
Wingspan Total: 109 m (357.5 ft) along truss with solar arrays extended.

Spans the length of a football field, including the end zones.

The ISS solar array surface area could cover the United States Senate Chamber three times.

The solar array wingspan is longer than that of a Boeing 777 200/300.
Living Volume Habitable: 360 cubic meters (12,705 cubic feet).

Pressurized: 837 cubic meters (29,561 cubic feet).

The Pressurized volume will eventually be equal to that of a Boeing 747 (33,023 cubic feet).
Atmosphere .3 kPa (14.7 psi) - the equivalent of Earth.
Operation Cruises around 27,743.8 km/h (17,239.2 MPH).

Orbital period of 91 minutes.

Orbital decay of 2km/month.

Orbital inclination of 51.6419 degrees.

Average power of 84 kilowatts (kw). Which is equal to the average amount of energy that three American homes require.

Inclination of 51.6 degrees to the equator.

Altitude of 336 (Perigee)- 346 (Apogee) km (181 - 189 nautical miles).

Eight miles of wire connects the electrical power system.
Capability The station will incorporate 6 (Destiny, Columbus, Kibo, Poisk, Rassvet, and Nauka) scientific modules, which can conduct a variety of studies.

Crew of up to six people.

The ISS can carry more than 100 telephone-booth sized scientific rack facilities.

The 55-foot robot arm assembly is capable of lifting 220,000 pounds, which is roughly the equivalent to the weight of a Space Shuttle.
Total Flights American : 31 Space Shuttle Flights

Russian: 2 Proton, 20 Soyuz Crew, 2 Soyuz Assembly, 35 Progress Resupply Flights

European: 1 Automated Transfer Vehicle Flight

Japanese: 1 H-II Transfer Vehicle Flight
Total Spacewalks Shuttle-based: 28 Spacewalks

ISS-based: 108 Spacewalks

Total Time: More than 849 Hours
Crew Support Weight: 2,722 kg (6,000 pounds) of supplies per Expedition

In-flight: 6 Crew Members

Ground: More than 100,000 Personnel

Contractors: 500 Facilities

States: 37

Countries: 16

Computers: 52

Lines of Computer Code: 1.8 million (flight software); 3.3 million (ground support software).

The ISS will manage 20 times more signals than the Space Shuttle.

General Information

ISS 1 The International Space Station (ISS) has enought living and working space to easily accommodate six people. Thisprovides the international crew with an area greater than the size of a Boeing 747's passenger cabin. This is equivalent to the same size as the average spacing of a five-bedroom house and the station produces and uses the equivalent of ten American homes. The station is not only the biggest engineering project in peacetime history,

The space station involves seventeen nations, including Russia, the United States, Canada, Japan, and members of the European Space Agency (ESA). The space station required more than 40 launches from around the world to complete and involved thousands of hours of space walking time to complete this enormous project.

There will be more time logged on space walks than all of the EVAs (extravehicular activity) since the beginning of space flight; almost one and half times as many. The ISS will be so large that it will span the size of a football field. This will allow Earthlings to have a great chance to get a glimpse of the station in the night's sky, while it is cruising at a steady pace of 17,500 miles per hour (28,163 km) above its home planet.

Since the ISS is so massive, it would collapse under its own weight if it were constructed here on earth, with a combined weight of 520 tons.

ISS 2 The station is estimated to have a price tag of $40 billion. The United States has paid over $21.9 billion for its share and long-term estimates show the station will cost $98 billion to the United States over a fifteen year period. Prices on behalf of the United States might also increase as the world community continues to face an economic crisis, which is overflowing and effecting participation on the station.

The ISS also has the unique role of playing a major role in international politics, and retirement of the space shuttle program has only complicated matters. The station, which is used as a cooperation project, arose after the Cold War and is being used as a way to foster international goodwill on a worldly scale. This project, for example, is being used to keep Russian scientists busy on a good cause, instead of feeding countries like Iran and North Korea with nuclear weapon program technologies.

The station was designed to cut the costs of space exploration, but due to recent figures, this is very questionable to many people involved with the project. The partners of the ISS envision that the station will usher in a new space age in which, mankind will move one more step closer to leaving our home planet and return man to the moon or possibly Mars. The chief goals of the International Space Station consist of long-term space travel, commercial development, medical research, and environmental research. The main purpose is to bring together the various countries of the world and focus them on a common goal of studying the long-term effects of space travel on humans. These studies are meant to pave the way for future missions, including a trip to our nearest neighboring planet, Mars, and beyond. Another key of the station is to study the effects of micro gravity on plants and animals and to use this data to determine better seeds and crops and various types of other products that can be used directly on Earth. A third point is to study medical aliments in hopes to finding a cure for cancer to the possiblity of making synthetic bone and artificial tissues. And finally, the International Space Station will be used to monitor the green and blue planet from space, which will allow researchers to investigate everything from natural phenomena, such as El Nino and La Nina, to tracking hurricanes and global warming.

ISS 3 The project was broken down into three phases and are as follows: 1) Involving the occupation of U.S. astronauts aboard the Russian Mir space station, which includes dockings with Mir, the building of a joint space experience between the two nations, and the performance of scientific research. 2) This stage involves the building of the ISS, in orbit, to the point of housing a permanent three person crew. This phase ended when the U.S. laboratory module, named Destiny, was successfully mated to the space station 3) The final phase consists of developing the space station to the point where the ISS we be able to contain six people at one time and have all the scientific and research facilities connected and available.

The ISS will follow the foot steps of its predecessors, such as the Mir space station, to bridge all the nations of the world together in the name of science and the betterment of all mankind.


Module Assembly Mission Launch Date Launch System Nation
Zarya (FGB) 1A/R 20 November 1998 Proton-K Russia (Builder), United States of America (Financier)
Unity (Node 1) 2A 4 December 1998 Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-88) United States of America
Zvezda (Service Module) 1R 12 July 2000 Proton-K Russia
Destiny (Laboratory) 5A 7 February 2001 Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-98) United States of America
Quest (Joint Airlock) 7A 12 July 2001 Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-104) United States of America
Pirs (Docking Port) 4R 14 September 2001 Soyuz-U/Progress (M-SO1) Russia
Harmony (Node 2) 10A 23 October 2007 Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-120) Europe (Builder), United States of America (Operator)
Columbus (Laboratory) 1E 7 February 2008 Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-122) Europe
Kibo Experiment Logistics Module (JEM-ELM) 1J/A 11 March 2008 Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-123) Japan
Kibo Pressurized Module (JEM-PM) 1J 31 May 2008 Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-124) Japan
Poisk (Mini Research Module 2) 5R 10 November 2009 Soyus-U/Progress (M-MRM2) Russia
Tranquillity (Node 3) 20A 8 February 2010 Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-130) Europe (Builder), United States of America (Operator)
Cupola 20A 8 February 2010 Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-130) Europe (Builder), United States of America (Operator)
Rassvet ULF4 14 May 2010 Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-132) Russia
Leonardo ULF5 24 February 2011 Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-133) Italy, (Builder), United States of America (Financier)