International Space Station

"Launched in 1998 and involving the U.S., Russia, Canada, Japan, and the participating countries of the European Space Agency—the International Space Station is one of the most ambitious international collaborations ever attempted." (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2018)

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"International Cooperation". International Space Station, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Last modified November 16, 2018.
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/cooperation/index.html.
Accessed February 12, 2019.

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