- Aug. 26 (21:20) [release]
- Astronaut Norishige Kanai Selected as Member of ISS Expedition Crew
About International Space Station (ISS) and Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo"
Photo by NASA
The ISS project promoted through international cooperation
The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest manned space facility in human history at approximately 400 km above the Earth. It is about 108.5 m x 72.8 m, or about the same size as a football pitch, with a mass of about 420 tons.
The major purpose of the ISS is to further improve science and technology to be useful for lives and industries on the ground.
Fifteen countries participate in the ISS project including the United States, Russia, European Countries, Canada, and Japan. Japan contributes to this international project of adopting the latest technology from each participating country through the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" and the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV, a cargo transfer vehicle to the ISS.)