International Space Station

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Source: NASA JSC website - Photo taken April 29, 2001 from the Space Shuttle Endeavour

Continuing on from the United States' Skylab and Russia's Mir, the International Space Station, led by the United States, represents a permanent human presence in space. The station is located in orbit around the Earth at an altitude of approximately (??) kilometres, a type of orbit usually termed low earth orbit.

It is serviced primarily by the Space Shuttle, and Soyuz and Progress units. It is still being built, but is home to a great deal of experimentation already.

At present, the station has a crew of three, mostly from Russia, and the United States, but occasionally some of the other partners in the project.

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