(CNN)Here's a look at the International Space Station (ISS), a spacecraft built by a partnership of 16 nations.
The ISS includes three main modules connected by nodes: the U.S. Laboratory Module Destiny, the European Research Laboratory Columbus, and the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo (Hope). Each was launched separately and connected in space by astronauts.
November 1998 - A Russian Proton rocket places the first piece, the Zarya module, in orbit.