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About the Space Station:
Weight
404,069 pounds
Habitable Volume
15,000 cubic feet
Dimensions
Width Across Solar Arrays:
240 feet
Length:
146 feet from Destiny Lab to Zvezda; 171 feet with a Progress docked
Height:
90 feet



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Since 1961, more than 400 human beings have ventured into space. Now aboard the International Space Station, astronauts are working to improve life on Earth and extend life beyond our home planet.
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 Crew Readies for New Cargo Ship

Expedition 11 Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer John Phillips
Image above: Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer John Phillips conducts a spacewalk Aug. 18. Credit: NASA

After completing 20 weeks in space, the Expedition 11 crewmembers are preparing for a new Russian Progress cargo ship to launch and dock with the International Space Station. The Station crew also prepared new laptop computers for a software upgrade later this month.

An old Progress cargo ship filled with trash and unneeded items will undock from the Station Sept. 7 at 6:23 p.m. EDT to make room for the new Progress which will dock Sept. 10 at 10:50 a.m. EDT. The new Progress will carry food, water, fuel, clothing and other supplies. A new liquids unit for an oxygen-generator and spare parts for a carbon dioxide remover will be among the 2 1/2 tons of gear launched aboard the supply ship.

Aside from preparing laptop computers for a software upgrade, Station Commander Sergei Krikalev and Flight Engineer John Phillips practiced emergency procedures and checked out medical equipment.

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  INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FEATURES
 
 Progress 17
Progress Bringing Food, Water, Parts, Oxygen to Station
The 19th unpiloted Progress cargo craft to dock at the International Space Station will be a breath of fresh air, in several senses.
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 Expedition 12
Expedition 12
Expedition 12 set for September 30 launch to Station aboard a Soyuz rocket.
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 Commander Sergei Krikalev
Krikalev Sets Time-in-Space Record
"You'll have to congratulate me every day from now on," Krikalev told Mission Control Moscow.
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 International Space Station
Station Crew Completes Successful Spacewalk
The Expedition 11 crew ventured outside the International Space Station on Aug. 18.
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 ISS Progress 17 spacecraft
Cargo Craft's Arrival a Station Highlight
ISS Progress 18 delivered supplies to the Space Station when it docked June 18.
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 John Phillips testifies from orbit
Phillips Testifies to Congress From Orbit
On June 14, the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics heard testimony from Astronaut John Phillips as he orbited the Earth.
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 International Space Station
Assembly Sequence Imagery
Exterior photos show the Station's growth as new components are added.
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 Expedition 11 NASA ISS Science Officer John Phillips
Expedition 11 Gallery
Visit the Expedition 11 photo gallery.
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 Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao
Expedition 10 Imagery
The Expedition 10 crew returned to Earth in April.
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 Learn about the ISS Attitudes
What are the ISS Attitudes?
See how the International Space Station orients itself.
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