October 28, 2022
The station, which is the world's brightest artificial star and a Nobel Prize finalist, is plainly visible with the unaided eye as it moves through the night sky.
The first astronauts from South Africa, Brazil, Sweden, Iran, Malaysia, South Korea, Denmark, and the United Arab Emirates were among the station's previous occupants.
It has so far taken 37 Space Shuttle trips, 63 Soyuz flights, and even a recent voyage on SpaceX's Man Dragon to construct, replenish, and crew this enormous structure in the sky.
A 3D printer, a special toothpaste, birthday cards, holiday gifts, and even an espresso machine have all been included in their cargo
A Cygnus cargo spacecraft recently delivered a brand-new toilet as well as skincare goods from Estée Lauder for an in-space marketing campaign
63 more expedition crews have lived and worked on the ISS for lengths ranging from a few months to more than a year since Shepherd, Gidzenko, and Krikalev original arrival
Russia launched frequent Soyuz "taxi" flights, whose crews worked with the expedition crew for a few days before dropping off a new ship and returning home in the old one.
Later, when NASA ended the Space Shuttle Program in 2011, expedition crews were once more assigned to all three seats on each Soyuz trip. There were fewer opportunities to pay astronauts
More than 2,700 research projects from 103 different nations have been funded by it, covering everything from experimental physics and experimental technology to the life and material sciences.
The command of the station has alternated between astronauts from France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, Japan, Italy, and Germany.