The Johnson Space Center manages the International Space Station program. Its site includes information on other programs run by the Space Center, daily news updates, and special sections for educators and kids.
The Kennedy Space Center is preparing to launch hardware and supplies to the International Space Station. Learn about the different types of equipment that astronauts will deliver and how they will go about doing it.
A great resource on all things space-related, this site includes the latest in news from NASA, a virtual library of space exploration, an overview of current NASA projects, and links to space research centers all over the country.
Get an inside look at Mission Control in Kaliningrad! This site also details the history of the Russian Space Agency and describes the Agency's role in the construction and operation of the International Space Station.
This site gives a brief history of Mir and a concise description of station instrumentation. It also features a detailed diagram of the station's layout and some terrific images of the station's interior and exterior.
Read the transcript from a 1998 interview with astronaut Andy Thomas, live from the Mir space station. Hear what it's like to live in space for months at a time, and how what we are learning on Mir is helping NASA to plan a manned mission to Mars.
Visit the companion site to the 1999 PBS series Space Station. Learn what it's like to live and work in space, and what special training astronauts are given in preparation for their mission to Mir.
BooksIsland in the Sky: Building the International Space Station
By Piers Bizony.
London: Aurum Press Ltd, 1996.
Though out of date (as anything concerning the ISS tends to be within months of publication), this well-illustrated volume boasts a wealth of detail about the largest engineering project ever undertaken in space.
This New Ocean: The Story of the First Space Age
By William E. Burrows.
New York: The Modern Library, 1999.
A finalist for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for History, this is a comprehensive history of humankind's efforts to travel into space.
Dragonfly: NASA and the Crisis Aboard Mir
By Bryan Burrough.
New York: HarperCollins, 1998.
This hefty but accessible book chronicles the harrowing experiences, including a fire and a mid-space collision, that two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut endured aboard the Russian space station Mir.
International Space Station: A Space Mission
By Michael D. Cole.
Springfield, N.J.: Enslow Publishers, 1999.
Part of the series "Countdown to Space," this volume for younger readers answers questions from why do we need an International Space Station to who and how will it be built.
Islands in the Sky: The Space Station Theme in Science Fiction Literature
By Gary Westfahl.
San Bernardino, CA: The Borgo Press, 1996.
Westfahl, who wrote Inspired by Science Fiction, here takes a look back at SF visions of space stations, beginning with Edward Everett Hale's accidentally inhabited artificial satellite in his 1869 "The Brick Moon."