How do you build something that’s the size of a six bedroom house and weighs more than 320 cars, all while orbiting the Earth at 17,398 miles (28,000 km) per hour? Assemble it piece by piece, and with lots of collaboration. This TED Ed tells the ten year story of how the International Space Station was built.

Also TED Ed recommended: Check out this computer simulated construction time lapse. Pair it with this ISS construction timeline at ESA.int.

Want to see ISS with your own eyes? Find out when it will be orbiting over your city at SpotTheStation.NASA.gov.

Watch this next: A 25 minute tour of the International Space Station.

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