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10 things you don't know about the International Space Station

Astronauts wear santa hats on board the international space station

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Numbers are impressive

On Nov. 2, 2010, the International Space Station marked 10 years of constant human habitation. Since its arrival in space, about 200 space flyers have visited the station from eight countries. As of August 2011, there have been 135 launches to the space station, including 74 Russian vehicles, 37 space shuttles, two European and two Japanese vehicles. A total of 161 spacewalks have been conducted. It is a remarkable example of cooperation among nations and a continued source of inspiration for space travel.

 

Pictured here in the Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station are Russian flight engineer Maxim Suraev (from left, front row) and NASA commander Jeffrey Williams. Also pictured are Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov (from left, back row), NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi.