How Big Is the International Space Station?

The International Space station is 79 yards (72.3 m) long, more than 118 yards (108.5 m) wide and 66 feet (20 m) tall, and it takes up about the area of an American football field. It can house a full-time crew of six astronauts and cosmonauts at one time, and it can support additional visitors. The crew engages in scientific research while on board. The space station underwent an expansion in 2010, when the space shuttle Atlantis delivered the 18-foot-long (5.5-meter-long) Mini Research Module-1 to the space station.

More about the International Space Station:

  • Parts of the International Space Station were made in different countries, including Japan, Russia and the United States.

  • The International Space Station got its first crew in 2000.

  • The International Space Station would weigh close to 1 million pounds (453.6 metric tons) on Earth.

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How much did it cost to build it? How much to upload it and how much does it cost every year to operate it?

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