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International Space Station Celebrates 15 Years Of Human Spaceflight

The International Space Station celebrates 15 years of hosting astronauts.

In 2000, the ISS received its first tenants – including NASA Astronaut William Shepard.

Since then, the orbiting has allowed astronauts to perform experiments in micro-gravity not possible on the ground.

Speaking from the Station, Astronaut Scott Kelly says working on the I-S-S helps NASA plan for missions to asteroids and Mars.

“What we’ve learned from this space station that is very important to our future exploration beyond our local environment here, beyond low earth orbit,” says Kelly.

The space station began as a modest two capsules – one from the US, the other from Russia – docked in orbit. Now, the station is nearly the size of a football field, with modules from Japanese, European, and Canadian space agencies.

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Intersection' Producer

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts "Are We There Yet?", WMFE's space exploration podcast He also helps produce WMFE's twice-weekly public affairs show "Intersection," working with host Matthew Peddie to shape the ... Read Full Bio »