Space Stations

The first step toward the final frontier!


From the first space station, the Soviet Union’s Salyut, in 1971, to the International Space Station (ISS) still circling Earth, these bastions provide safe harbor for human — and plant, insect and rodent — adventurers beyond our atmosphere.

In a nutshell, space station science revolves around what the station largely lacks: gravity. Decades into the space era, we’re still figuring out the harm and help that microgravity can offer, from bone loss in astronauts to ink flow in pens and printers.


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