International Space Station

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February 2020 - March 2023

The International Space Station is a collaborative project between NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA, ESA, and CSA. The Space Station serves as a floating laboratory in Low-Earth orbit. First launched in 1998, the station has been continually occupied by humans since 2000 and sees continual updates.

NASA offers two live-streamed camera feeds from the station. One of them looks down at Earth, while the other changes between multiple different views. We have combined these views with a map of the current location of the ISS and offer a 24/7 stream on YouTube.

Spacecraft that support space station operations

Crew Spacecraft

SpacecraftCountryCrew CapacityRocketStatus
Dragon 2 (Crew)US (SpaceX)4 crew membersFalcon 9Operational
SoyuzRussia3 crew membersSoyuzOperational
Space ShuttleUS8 crew membersSpace ShuttleRetired
CST-100 StarlinerUS (Boeing)7 crew membersAtlas V / VulcanTesting
List of Crew Spacecraft that visit the International Space Station

Cargo Spacecraft

SpacecraftCountryCargo CapacityRocketStatus
ProgressRussia2,400kg to ISS;SoyuzOperational
CygnusUS (Northrop Grumman)2,000kg to ISS;Antares / Atlas VOperational
Dragon 2 (Cargo)US (SpaceX)6,000kg to ISS; 3,000kg returned pressurizedFalcon 9Operational
H-II Transfer VehicleJapan6,000kg to ISS;H-IIBReplaced by HTV-X
HTV-XJapan7,200kg to ISSH3In development
Dragon 1 US (SpaceX)6,000kg to ISS;
3,000kg returned pressurized
Falcon 9Replaced by Dragon 2
List of Cargo Spacecraft that visit the International Space Station

Rockets which launch Space Station modules

RocketVehicle CountrySegments LaunchedVehicle Status
ProtonRussiaZarya, Zvezda, NaukaOperational
SoyuzRussiaPirs, PoiskOperational
Space ShuttleUnited StatesUnity, Destiny, Harmony, Columbus, Rassvet, Leonardo, Quest, Tranquility, Cupola, JEM-ELM-PS, JEM-PMRetired
Falcon 9United StatesBEAM Operational
Rockets that have launched Space Station modules