Power cuts were frequent, the computers unreliable and the climate control system was leaking. The International Space Station is international in every sense. By 1998, after 12 years in orbit, Russian space station Mir was showing its age.

The 360-ton space station is larger than a five-bedroom house, and it … But what is it like aboard a big tin can travelling at 17,500mph? You might have dreamed of floating in space: the International Space Station glinting in the sunshine beside you and the earth hanging below. Humans have been living on the International Space Station for 19 years. During détente in the 1970s, American and Soviet capsules linked up in space. International Space Station: A day in the life of an astronaut. Hadfield: 'Life on ISS is like magic' Jump to media player As the International Space Station celebrates 15 years of astronauts living on board, Chris Hadfield tells the BBC what life is like. ESA/NASA Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind. Here's some of the station's key statistics. The International Space Station has been officially orbiting the Earth for 20 years.

The idea of the ISS came out of the Cold War.
In the late 1990s, when the ISS was eventually launched, it was a symbol of cooperation between East and West – literally at the highest level. What is life like on the International Space Station? It might sound like … During détente in the 1970s, American and Soviet capsules linked up in space. The idea of the ISS came out of the Cold War. It's 10 years since the first crew entered the International Space Station 220 miles above the Earth. ... UK Space Agency shows kids what life is like in space. The International Space Station is a habitable artificial satellite. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.

Get the latest news, images, videos and more from humanity's home in orbit -- the International Space Station. Here's some of the station's key statistics. NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. The International Space Station has been officially orbiting the Earth for 20 years. It travels around the Earth at 17,000 mph, so astronauts on board see 16 sunrises and sunsets in just one day.
In the late 1990s, when the ISS was eventually launched, it was a symbol of cooperation between East and West – literally at the highest level. Sleeping quarters on the ISS Commander Suni Williams shows us where the astronauts sleep on the International Space Station.

The International Space Station is international in every sense.