International Space Station turns 20, story of evolution goes on

Reaching for the stars, the International Space Station celebrates 20 years in orbit.

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    Twenty years ago, the most ambitious construction project in the history of humanity - the International Space Station (ISS) - began with the launch of a Russian Proton rocket on November 20, 1998.

    Two weeks later, NASA followed suit with its own component - Unity.

    It is a beacon in the night sky that should already be out of use. But five years after the ISS mission was due to end, it continues to be a stellar success.

    The main partners - Russians, Americans and the European Space Agency - have agreed on funding through until 2024.

    Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports.


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