The first module of the ISS was launched in 1998. 13 years and somewhere between $35 billion and $100 billion later, the final assembly of the ISS was officially completed today with the installation of a laser-equipped extension boom for the station's robot arm.
There may be a little of color enhancement going on here, and it may also be a long exposure that's been mirrored over one axis, but, otherwise, this is exactly what it looks like when you burn a fuel droplet in microgravity.
As Endeavour launches for the last time, it will be carrying an absurdly expensive particle detector along with it. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer will mount on the ISS and search space for antimatter, dark matter, dark energy, and even stranger things, like strangelets.
NASA is in talks with Bigelow Aerospace to potentially acquire a new inflatable module for the International Space Station. Yes, that's right: they're going to blow up the ISS.
That tiny speck in front of the moon is the International Space Station, which is traveling nearly five miles a second relative to us Earthlings. That means French photographer Thierry Legault only had 0.55 seconds to make the shot. He got it — and got one with the sun, too (during an eclipse, no less).
Take a Space Shuttle and cut it into a fourth. What do you now have? Duh, a mini space plane. Orbital Sciences Corp.'s wants these little shuttles to transport crews to and from the International Space Station.
It's a crazy thought, but the world's only manned space station right now — one built by the sweat of countries all the world over — is celebrating ten years of being continuously inhabited by a crew. In fact, this very day marks that milestone, and to celebrate, we've scrounged up 25 of the coolest images showing what it's like to live in orbit.
As America's space ambitions wane on a national level — NASA is currently being retooled to pursue next generation technology and not manned missions — China is looking to expand its presence in orbit. The country wants to have both crew and lab modules in space by 2020.
Well, this is it, folks. Space Shuttle Discovery is preparing for its last mission and then, well, that'll be it for the shuttle. The launch will be historic in more ways than one, though, as our robotic buddy Robonaut will join human astronauts in space, too.
During his time on the International Space Station, astronaut Don Pettit captured what few of us terrestrials will ever get to see with our own eyes: the Earth from orbit. It's a breathtaking sight, and Pettit was good enough to turn his snaps into a gorgeous time-lapse.