The International Space Station program is
the next logical step in the progress of space science.
Through the efforts of, primarily, Soviet and Russian space
science, the feasibility of long-duration missions has been
proven, and the major areas of work on the development of
in-orbit production facilities have been defined.
The ISS project pools the resources, scientific achievements
and experience of western countries and Russia, promotes
development of national economies and efficient use of space
in the interests of the world community, and understanding
between the nations.
Construction of the International Space Station is a necessary
step in the development of mankind in what regards the utilization
of Earth and Solar system resources.