The International Space Station (ISS)


For most of the year the ISS is manned by an international crew of six. The station consists of the Russian Orbital Segment and the United States Orbital Segment. The US segment also includes laboratories of the European and Japanese space agencies. Installation of these laboratories has completed the construction of the US segment of the ISS. As for the Russian part – it is still a work in progress. The Russian segment is to receive one more research module and a manipulator arm.