15 Years of Living in Space

The highs and lows of life in an orbiting tin can

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It’s only 250 miles away, but it seems farther. Since the first crew went aboard, in 2000, the International Space Station has been humanity’s most distant outpost, a bridge to our space future and one of the engineering marvels of our time. On any given night, you might see them as a single bright, moving light: six people from different countries, circling the world at five miles per second.

Photo bottom right corner of first panel courtesy of Reuters/Richard Carson. All other photos courtesy NASA.

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