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International Space Station Celebrates 15 Years Of Human Spaceflight


The International Space Station celebrates 15 years of hosting astronauts.

In 2000, the ISS received its first tenants – including NASA Astronaut William Shepard.

Since then, the orbiting has allowed astronauts to perform experiments in micro-gravity not possible on the ground.

Speaking from the Station, Astronaut Scott Kelly says working on the I-S-S helps NASA plan for missions to asteroids and Mars.

"What we’ve learned from this space station that is very important to our future exploration beyond our local environment here, beyond low earth orbit," says Kelly.

The space station began as a modest two capsules – one from the US, the other from Russia – docked in orbit. Now, the station is nearly the size of a football field, with modules from Japanese, European, and Canadian space agencies.

Brendan Byrne is Central Florida Public Media's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing the organization's internship program. Byrne also hosts Central Florida Public Media's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration, and the weekly news roundup podcast "The Wrap."