That’s right, the ISS — “one of the coolest examples of humanity’s huge leaps forward in technology” — celebrates its 10th birthday. Currently, the station is set for completion in 2011. Click here for first picture in gallery.

The module Zarya was lifted into orbit on November 20th, 1998 by a Russian Proton rocket lifting off from Baikonur, Kazhakstan. In the decade since, 44 manned flights and 34 unmanned flights have carried further modules, solar arrays, support equipment, supplies and a total of 167 human beings from 15 countries to the ISS, and it still has a ways to go.

[via GizmodoTheBigPicture]

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