Photos: What the International Space Station has shown us
Aurora Borealis, seen from the ISS in 2015.
Image: NASA/Scott Kellly
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Russia launched the first component for the International Space Station 20 years ago today (Nov. 20). That Zarya module was joined in orbit a few weeks later by the first US-built module, Unity.
The ISS has provided an oasis of international cooperation and exploration about 250 miles above the Earth. With astronauts spending months at a time in the ISS, the experience provides plenty of time to see the world in a way few can.
Here’s a look back at the breathtaking and varied sights the ISS has allowed us to take in.