International Space Station (ISS) Location

The world map above displays the current location of the International Space Station as it orbits Earth at over 17,000 miles per hour. The ISS typically takes one and a half hours to complete an orbit, which means the crew on board get to experience over fifteen sunrises (and sunsets) 'every' day!

The darker areas on the map show where it is currently night time, and the long yellow line shows the ISS's predicted path up to one and a half hours in the future.

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Benefits of ISS Research

"The International Space Station (ISS) is a unique scientific platform that enables researchers from all over the world to put their talents to work on innovative experiments that could not be done anywhere else. Although each space station partner has distinct agency goals for station research, each partner shares a unified goal to extend the resulting knowledge for the betterment of humanity. We may not know yet what will be the most important discovery gained from the space station, but we already have some amazing breakthroughs." - NASA