International Space Station

A 3D model of the International Space Station. Embed this resource by pasting the following code into your website. Nov 20, 2012 The International Space Station is the largest structure ever built in space. The first module — the Russian Zarya module — launched from Earth 15 years ago on Nov.


International Space Station

  • Russian Module: provides living quarters and refueling capabilities to the space station, also contains a treadmill for the crew

  • Mobile Remote Servicer: used for external assembly and maintenance; it moves equipment and supplies around the station; supports astronauts working in space, and services instruments and other payloads attached to the station

  • Radiators: critical component of the station's Active Thermal Control System; extends 50-feet from the station to help regulate the station's internal temperature

  • Truss Structure: consists of a linearly arranged sequnce of connected trusses on which various unpressurized components are mounted, such as logistics carriers, radiators, solar arrays, and other equipment

  • +Photovoltaic (Solar) Arrays: converts energy to electricity for the station

  • U.S. Laboratory: astronauts work inside this pressurized facility to conduct research in numerous scientific fields including medicine, engineering, biotechnology, physics, materials science, and Earth science

  • Centrifuge Module: this module was cancelled as part of the ISS in 2005

  • Remote Manipulator System: Canada's major contribution to the station; consists of two robotic arms and satellite repair facilities

  • Japanese Experiment Module: nicknamed 'Kibo'; the largest single ISS module consisting of six major elements used to perform experiments aboard the station

  • Mating Adaptor: connects a common port of an ISS module to a docking port of another module or visiting spacecraft

  • European Experiment Module: main contribution of the European Sapce Agency to the ISS; another module dedicated to performing experiments aboard the station

  • Crew Return Vehicle: currently a Soyuz (the spacecraft currently used to transport all astronauts to and from the station) is used as the Crew Return vehicle; there is always at least one Soyuz docked on the station in case of emergency

  • U.S. Habitation Module: intended to be the main living quarters of the station equipped with a galley, toilet, shower, sleep stations, and medical facilities; this module was cancelled in 2006

  • Remote Manipulator System Canada's major contribution to the station; consists of two robotic arms and satellite repair facilities

International Space Station Lego

Google Arts & Culture is a treasure trove for the history, art, and science lover. And now the digital platform has a 360-degree virtual tour of the International Space Station. May 04, 2021 May 1, 2021: International Space Station Configuration. Four spaceships are attached to the space station including the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour, the Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo craft, and Russia’s Soyuz MS-18 crew ship and ISS Progress 77 resupply ship.