ISS-59 mission

Main tasks


ISS crew:

Commander -
Oleg Kononenko
Flight engineers:
David Saint-Jaques
Ann McClain
Ovchinin Alexey
Nick Hague
Christina Koch



NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstines address on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the ISS

November 19, 2018

We look back on 20 years of the International Space Station with pride and wonder. When Zarya launched in November 1998, financed by the U.S. and built and launched by Russia, a new chapter in exploration had begun. Only weeks later, Space Shuttle Endeavour made a rendezvous with that first station element to attach Unity, or Node 1, and a new home for humanity in space was formed. From those seeds, the station grew into a beacon in low-Earth orbit that is still guiding our progress deeper into space.

Strengthened bonds between international partners, vital breakthroughs in technology and human health, and vast economic benefits from commercial space are just some of the benefits derived from the ISS that are going to fuel our progress farther into space.

Launched in orbit in 1998, the International Space Station brought together state-of-the-art engineering achievements and advanced technologies of the most developed countries Russia, USA, leading European powers members of the European Space Agency, Canada and Japan. It became a truly global project. It became a convincing proof of the fact that, in spite of all political tensions, economic difficulties and social changes, we can put in an effective and concerted effort, overcoming difficulties and meeting each other halfway.

Diverse nations working together for peaceful exploration remains a vital idea in the 21st century as we move forward to the Moon and on to Mars. Aboard the ISS, our daring and complex partnership of 15 nations has enabled international crews to live and work in space for nearly 18 years. More than 100 countries have used the ISS for research, education, and technology advancement. Well build on this great legacy, using the thriving research and economic activity weve helped develop in low-Earth orbit as a springboard for tomorrows challenging missions.

The United States and Russia have a long and proud history of civil space cooperation, and that partnership has yielded lasting results. Apollo-Soyuz, the Shuttle-Mir program, our first flight together aboard the space shuttle on STS-60, our partnership aboard the ISS, and scientific exploration of the Moon and Mars have tested the boundaries of human experience and are helping us forge a bright future for everyone.

Jim Bridenstine
NASA Administrator



July 20, 2019
The launch of LV Soyuz-FG with SC Soyuz MS-13 is planned
April 4, 2019
LV Soyuz-2.1a with CV Progress MS-11 is launched



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