International Space Station


Mission: International Space Station (ISS)
Assembly: 1998-2011
Mass: 417,289 kg (919,960 lb)
Length: 51 m (167.3 ft)
Width: 109 m (357.5 ft)
Orbital inclination: 51.6 degrees
Average speed: 27,743.8 km/h (7,706.6 m/s or 17,239.2 mph)
Orbital period: 91 minutes
Orbital decay: 2 km/month
Crew capacity: 6
Crew transportation: Soyuz spacecraft
Supply transportation: Progress and Automated Transfer Vehicle spacecraft
Objective: The ISS serves as a research laboratory that has a microgravity environment in which crews conduct experiments in biology, human biology, physics, astronomy and meteorology.
Operated as a joint project between five participant space agencies, the station's sections are controlled by mission control centres on the ground operated by the American National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Russian Federal Space Agency (RKA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and the European Space Agency (ESA). The station is expected to remain in operation until at least 2020, and potentially to 2028.

Documents & PowerPoints
ISS_Assembly.ppt (32mb)
ISS_Assembly.ppt (8 mb)
Living on the ISS.pdf 
ISS Schedule.ppt

ISS-Russian Spacecrafts.ppt

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Above: Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly gives tour of ISS living quarters (YouTube)


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