This is a picture of the Sun and a crescent Earth taken by the International Space Station (ISS). In this image, you are able to see one section of the station's solar panel array, in addition to part of the station itself.

The first component for the ISS was launched in 1998. In 2000, two short years later, humanity officially moved in. Since then, we've used the station to maintain a continuous presence in space. Construction on the ISS officially came to an end in 2011, though the station will still have improvements made and modules added to expand its scientific capabilities. For example, in the coming years, NASA plans to add new docking modules.

The ISS is one of, if not the, brightest man-made object in the sky and is easily visible with the naked eye; it is best viewed just after sunset or just before sunrise.

Follow this link to learn how you can sign up for ISS alerts. They'll let you know when conditions are optimal for seeing the ISS from your geographic location.

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