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The Construction of the International Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) is unlike any construction project on Earth. There aren’t people crowding around it, creating it from the bottom up like you see when you pass a building under construction, but every day, the ISS is traveling through space at five miles per second with a crew on board that’s actively working on improving it. This station has been under construction since the Zarya control module was launched in November 1998, and ever since then, the structure has continued to grow.

Today, the ISS is largely complete, but upgrades continue to be made as countries all over the world work together to create a better research station in space. The ISS allows scientists to not only try new research projects to further humanity but discover more about space and the world around us.

If you’re interested in learning more about the construction of the International Space Station and what it’s like to live there, check out the following resources: