Backdropped against a colourful part of Earth, this full view of the International Space Station (ISS) was photographed by a STS-114 crewmember onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery following the undocking of the two spacecraft. Discovery pulled away from the complex at 2:24 a.m. (CDT) on 6 August 2005. Background area includes upper part of the Caspian Sea. The dark area on the lower right (near the Soyuz) is the Volga Delta.
The Space Shuttle Discovery, docked to the Destiny laboratory of International Space Station (ISS), is featured in this image photographed by astronaut Stephen K. Robinson (out of frame), STS-114 mission specialist, during that day’s spacewalk. Astronaut Soichi Noguchi, mission specialist representing Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is partially visible between Discovery’s payload bay and Destiny. The blackness of space and Earth’s horizon formed the backdrop for the image.
Astronauts Steven G. MacLean representing the Canadian Space Agency, and Daniel C. Burbank, both STS-115 mission specialists, participate in the second of three scheduled spacewalks for the Space Shuttle Atlantis and International Space Station crew members as construction resumes on the orbital outpost. The two STS-115 mission specialists are translating along the side of one of the station's trusses.
November 2007: Backdropped by a blue and white Earth, Space Shuttle Discovery is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 16 crewmember after the shuttle undocked from the International Space Station. Earlier the STS-120 and Expedition 16 crews concluded 11 days of cooperative work onboard the shuttle and station. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 4:32 a.m. (CST) on Nov. 5, 2007. A Russian spacecraft docked to the station is visible at top.
Backdropped by the blackness of space and Earth's horizon, the International Space Station (ISS) is seen from Space Shuttle Discovery as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation. Earlier the STS-120 and Expedition 16 crews concluded 11 days of cooperative work onboard the shuttle and station. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 4:32 a.m. (CST) on 5 November 2007.
Backdropped by the blackness of space and Earth's horizon, the International Space Station moves away from the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Earlier the STS-117 and Expedition 15 crews concluded about eight days of cooperative work onboard the shuttle and station. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 9:42 a.m. (CDT) on 19 June 2007. Astronaut Lee Archambault, STS-117 pilot, was at the controls for the departure and fly-around, which gave Atlantis' crew a look at the station's new expanded configuration.
Computer-generated artist's rendering of the Space Shuttle Discovery docked to the International Space Station. This angle shows an intermediate position of the shuttle robotic system during a test of the 50-foot robotic arm boom extension, usually used for remote shuttle Thermal Protection System (TPS) inspections, as a potential work platform for hard-to-reach repair sites on the bottom of the orbiter for Detailed Test Objective (DTO) 849.
Computer-generated scene showing a low-angle medium close view (port-aft) of the International Space Station, after assembly work is completed.
Computer-generated artist’s rendering of the International Space Station (ISS). The light part shows the position of Columbus.
The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest technology project of all time: an outpost of humanity in space. At the same time, it is a flying laboratory with outstanding possibilities for scientific and industrial research.
On 7 February 2008, the European Columbus laboratory was launched and became an integral part of the International Space Station. With a projected lifetime of ten years, it will write history as the first European space laboratory dedicated to long-term research under space conditions.
A special website presenting all the German astronauts that have flown in space, and the latest German astronaut candidate – Alexander Gerst. In 1978, Sigmund Jähn, a citizen of the German Democratic Republic, became the first German to travel to space. In addition to Jähn, this astronaut special contains brief biographies of Ulf Merbold, Reinhard Furrer, Ernst Messerschmid, Ulrich Walter, Klaus-Dietrich Flade, Reinhold Ewald, Gerhard Thiele and Thomas Reiter. And finally, Hans Schlegel, the German astronaut to fly most recently; he flew on STS-122, the mission during which Columbus was attached to the International Space Station, in 2008.
The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest technology project of all time. The European Columbus module is the newest section of the Space Station. Even with Columbus attached, the ISS is still not finished. Follow its development and see our interactive animation of the construction of the ISS.