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International Space Station
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What is the International Space Station project?

The first to dream of building the International Space Station (ISS) was the United States. In 1984, Ronald Reagan, the then president of the United States, announced his support to build a base in space where people could live and conduct research. He believed that this project should be realized through international cooperation.
Through an appeal by the United States, the European countries decided to join in 1985, followed by Canada and Japan. In 1993, Russia agreed to join. Now, with the participation of 15 countries, it has truly become a great global project.

The flags below represent the 15 countries participating in the International Space Station (ISS) project.

Move the cursor over each country's flag to learn more about the role of each country.

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