In Photos: The International Space Station Turns 20

This photo represents a view of the International Space Station over a blue and white Earth that was taken shortly after the space shuttle Atlantis undocked from the orbital outpost in 2006. Two decades ago, the Zarya module lifted off from Kazakhstan, ushering in a new era of high-tech cooperation in space.

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The Russian-made Proton booster blasts off with the Zarya module from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on November 20 1998. This was the first module of the new International Space Station.

Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin

The Russian-built Zarya (L) and US-built Unity modules hover near Earth’s horizon shortly after leaving the space shuttle Endeavour’s cargo bay in 1998.

Photograph: Nasa/Reuters

Mission Specialists Robert L. Curbeam, Jr (left) and Christer Fuglesang participate in the first of the mission’s three planned sessions of extravehicular activity as construction resumes on the International Space Station in 2008

Photograph: NASA

The space shuttle Endeavour is silhouetted against the backdrop of Earth’s horizon prior to docking with the International Space Station in this picture taken by an Expedition 22 crew member in 2010.

Photograph: Nasa Nasa/Reuters

Astronaut Mike Hopkins, Expedition 38 Flight Engineer, participates in the second of two spacewalks which took place on 24 December 2013. The spacewalks were designed to allow the crew to change a faulty water pump on the exterior of the Earth-orbiting International Space Station.

Photograph: Nasa Nasa/Reuters

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield performing aboard the International Space Station a revised version of David Bowie’s song Space Oddity on 12 May 2013.


The Soyuz TMA-14M capsule with International Space Station crew members Barry Wilmore of the US, Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova of Russia is seen above clouds as it descends beneath a parachute just before landing southeast of Dzhezkazgan in 2015

Photograph: NASA/REUTERS

Photographers take pictures as Russia’s Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station Expedition 46/47 crew of Britain’s astronaut Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and US astronaut Tim Kopra blasts off from the launch pad at Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in 2015.

Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

Astronauts on the International Space Station captured a series of incredible star trail images on 3 October, 2016.

Photograph: NASA

The space shuttle Discovery after it undocked from the ISS.

Photograph: Nasa Nasa/Reuters


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