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Anatomy of the International Space Station

Last Updated: Nov. 22, 2012

The International Space Station is now 15 years old.

The orbiting laboratory located 370 kilometres above the Earth was constructed through a partnership involving the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada. Its first component, the bus-sized Zarya module, launched on Nov. 20, 1998.

Over the course of 115 space flights, the station was gradually expanded into a 419-tonne structure that the Canadian Space Agency describes as being "as long as a Canadian football field," with as much living space as a five-bedroom house and laboratories for a wide range of scientific experiments.

According to the European Space Agency, as of May 2013, the space station cost $140 billion to develop, assemble and run over 10 years.

Earlier this year, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield served as the space station's first Canadian commander.

Explore the anatomy of the ISS by clicking on the red dots in the image below to get more information about each section.

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Courtesy: NASA



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