​​​​​​​Thesis: The International Space Station broke many barriers from political to technological, allowing humanity to take the first steps towards future space travels beyond the Moon.

The International Space Station, a unique scientific laboratory the size of a football field, currently orbits Earth approximately 250 miles altitude at 17,500 mph. The station was built in segments and then assembled and maintained in space by an international team of astronauts providing a platform to study cutting-edge science.

"The Space Station will also serve as the gateway to new frontiers in human space exploration, a place where we can learn how to live and work "off planet." It will allow for the study of long-term effects of weightlessness on the human body and as a test bed to understand what adjustments need to be made to current methods before astronauts are sent to Mars and beyond."
- Houston Public Television, NASA Knows!, PBS ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Top: Astronaut Stephen Robinson turns the camera on himself during his historic repair job "underneath" Space Shuttle Discovery on August 3, 2005. The Shuttle's heat shield, where Robinson removed a pair of protruding gap fillers, is reflected in his visor."  

Below: Lightning, airglow, and the Milky Way galaxy lit up the night sky as astronauts passed over Kiribati in the central Pacific.

Photo Credit: NASA

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Header:  International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA