Human Activities in Space

Space Stations


2017 – China Space Stations

During 2016, China launched its latest space station, Tiangong-2. Chinese taikonauts lived aboard the new space station for 30 days before returning to... During 2016, China launched its latest space…

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2017 – Bigelow Space Stations

The privately owned Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), launched in 2016, remained attached to the ISS in 2017. NASA originally contracted Bigelow Aerospace to test... The privately owned Bigelow Expandable…

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2017 – ISS

The International Space Station (ISS) continued to be an active inhabited space laboratory during 2017. International teams of engineers, researchers, and scientists... The International Space Station (ISS) continued to be…

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2016 – Annual Space Stations Overview

Space stations enable humans to stay in space for longer periods than would otherwise be possible, providing a platform for scientific research and testing new technologies. Space stations enable humans…

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2016 – Bigelow Space Stations

In April 2016, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was launched and attached to the International Space Station (ISS). During transport, the module was... In April 2016, the Bigelow Expandable…

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2016 – China Space Stations

China launched a new space station laboratory in the middle of September 2016, making China the only nation to have two space stations in orbit, although one appears to no…

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2016 – ISS

During 2016, the International Space Station (ISS) continued to be the primary inhabited space laboratory orbiting the Earth. An international contingent of scientists, engineers, and researchers used the ISS for…

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Space Station Satellite Deployment Log

The ISS and other space stations occasionally deploy small satellites from various launchers, or even by hand. This log monitors the number and type of small satellite deployed from the…

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2015 – Bigelow Space Stations

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was launched to the ISS in April 2016. Bigelow Aerospace contracted with NASA to develop BEAM for $## million in 2013. Originally scheduled for…

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