More than 200 miles above the Earth, the International Space Station (ISS) is the home to explorers living and working in space. Including its large solar arrays, the ISS spans the area of a U.S. football field, and weighs in at 924,739 pounds. Fifty-two computers control the systems for the complex, which has more livable room than a conventional six-bedroom house, complete with two bathrooms, a gymnasium and a 360-degree bay window.
Today, the International Space Station is not only an orbiting laboratory for NASA and commercial users, but also a spaceport for a variety of international spacecraft, a launching point for small satellites, and has served as a destination for 7 space tourists and counting. And now, NASA’s commercial partners are working to launch NASA and commercial astronauts to the International Space Station, all departing from Florida.