The International Space Station

The International Space Station, or ISS for short, is a large space station orbiting planet Earth. It is an international project and was built in collaboration by multiple nations from all around the globe, such as the United States, Russia or Japan. This page was created for those who want to learn more about one of humanity’s greatest achievements or who want to stay updated on recent events happening at the orbital laboratory.

Image Credit: NASA.

Image Credit: NASA.

ISS Visiting Vehicles

To resupply the International Space Station with new scientific experiments, food, drinking water, new hardware and other important cargo, multiple space freighters have been developed to perform this task. Besides the uncrewed spacecraft, several crewed vehicles have been created or are currently under development, to ferry astronauts and cosmonauts from Earth to the orbital laboratory.

Crewed spacecraft currently docked to the ISS

Soyuz MS-18

Image Credit: NASA.

Rocket: Soyuz 2.1a

Launch Date: April 09, 2021

Lanch Time: 07:42 UTC

Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

Docking Date: April 09, 2021

Docking Time: 11:05 UTC

Docked to: Nadir docking port at the Rassvet module

Crew Members:

Mark Vande Hei (NASA)

Pyotr Dubrov (Roscosmos)

Oleg Novitskiy (Roscosmos)

Crew Dragon Resilience (SpaceX Crew-2)

Image Credit: SpaceX.

Rocket: Falcon 9 Block 5

Launch Date: April 23, 2021

Launch Time: 09:49 UTC

Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center, USA

Docking Date: April 24, 2021

Docking Date: 09:08 UTC

Docked to: IDA-2 at the Harmony module

Crew Members:

Shane Kimbrough (NASA)

Megan McArthur (NASA)

Akihiko Hoshide (JAXA)

Thomas Pesquet (ESA)

Space freighters currently docked/berthed to the ISS

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