The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, or a big satellite that people can live in for a long time. The station is a connected project among several countries: the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada. The Space Station is the largest manned object ever sent into space. It is a research facility that measures 290 feet in length and 356 feet in width. It weighs more than 1 million pounds. It orbits 250 miles above the Earth and can be seen in the night sky.