Here's a look at what you need to know about the International Space Station (ISS), a spacecraft built by a partnership of 16 nations.
The 16 nations are the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia, Brazil, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
At full capacity, the one-million-pound space station will include six laboratories and provide more research space than any spacecraft ever built. There will be enough living space for a crew of seven.
Information on ISS crews and expeditions can be found here.
Statistics (as of June 2013) Source: NASA The ISS includes eight large modules, each launched separately and connected in space by astronauts.
The ISS weighs 924,739 lbs (419,456 kilograms)
Habitable Volume: 13,696 cubic feet (388 cubic meters)
Solar Array Length: 239.4 feet (73 meters)
There have been 174 spacewalks conducted in support of space station assembly, totaling almost 1,100 hours.
The space station has been visited by 204 individuals from eight different countries.
There have been 134 launches to the space station: 89 Russian vehicles, 37 space shuttles, two U.S. commercial vehicles, three European vehicles and three Japanese vehicles.
On its tenth anniversary (November 2, 2010), the ISS is estimated to have made 57,361 orbits around the earth.
Timeline November 1998 - A Russian Proton rocket places the first piece, the Zarya module, in orbit.
December 1998 - The space shuttle Endeavour crew, on the STS-88 mission, attaches the Unity module to Zarya initiating the first ISS assembly sequence.
June 1999 - The space shuttle Discovery crew, on mission STS-96, supplies two modules with tools and cranes.
July 2000 - Zvezda, the fifth flight, docks with the ISS to become the third major component of the station.
November 2000 - The first permanent crew, Expedition One, arrives at the station.
November/December 2000 - The space shuttle Endeavour crew, on mission STS-97, installs the first set of U.S. solar arrays on the station and visits Expedition One.
February 2001 - Mission STS-98 delivers the U.S. Destiny Laboratory Module.
March 2001 - STS-102 delivers Expedition Two to the station and brings Expedition One home. The crew also brings Leonardo, the first Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, to the station.
September 16, 2001 - The Russian Docking Compartment, Pirs, arrives at the ISS.
June 2002 - STS-111 delivers the Expedition Five crew and brings the Expedition Four crew home. The crew also brings the Mobile Base System to the orbital outpost.
December 2002 - STS-113 delivers the Expedition Six crew and the P1 Truss.
February 2003 - The space shuttle Columbia explodes. NASA grounds the shuttle program, leaving only Russian spacecraft to transport cargo and crew to the ISS
May 3, 2003 - Expedition Six crew return to Earth on Soyuz TMA-1. Crew members Bowersox and Pettit are the first American astronauts ever to land in a Soyuz spacecraft.