This year the International Space Station celebrates (ISS) 20 years of continuous human presence, a major global achievement. However, international collaboration in space began long before the ISS. Get ready to test your knowledge of some of human spaceflight’s greatest global team-ups!
How many countries have sent astronauts to live and work onboard the International Space Station?
Construction of the International Space Station (ISS) was a global partnership between five space agencies, which include NASA, Roscosmos, Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, (JAXA) and the European Space Agency (ESA). According to NASA, 240 individuals from 19 nations have lived and worked onboard the ISS. To date, these countries include: United States, Russia, Japan, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Brazil, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Spain, Great Britain, Malaysia, South Africa, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates (see NASA map below, click here to enlarge). During your next visit don't forget to stop by our International Space Station Gallery, where you can learn more about the ISS, one of the greatest international collaborations. Check back next week for more fun spaceflight trivia!
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