On January 29, 1998, the agreement for the construction of the International Space Station (ISS) was signed

Exactly 26 years ago in Washington, representatives of Russia, Japan, Canada, the United States and the countries of the European Space Agency (ESA) signed an agreement on the construction of the International Space Station (ISS).

The document states that "Convinced that, in view of the Russian Federation’s unique experience and accomplishments in the area of human space flight and long-duration missions, including the successful long-term operation of the Russian Mir Space Station, its participation in the partnership will considerably enhance the capabilities of the Space Station to the benefit of all the Partners." Russia still plays one of the leading roles in the project – it manages the Russian segment of the station from the RKA Mission Control Center.

The implementation of the ISS program began on November 20, 1998. Then, the first element of the station was put into orbit – the functional cargo block "Zarya". The creation of the ISS was an important step in the development of international cooperation in the sphere of space exploration, it allowed us to significantly expand the boundaries of research and opened up new opportunities for scientific discoveries.

Fun fact: The ISS is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most expensive object built by man. The cost of the station is about $150 billion.

Every year, astronauts on the ISS transmit a video message to participants and guests of the Tsiolkovsky International Space Film Festival. The fifth International Film Festival starts in two and a half months. It will be dedicated to the 90th birthday of Yuri Gagarin, as well as Soviet and Russian cosmonauts.

The Tsiolkovsky International Space Film Festival in 2024 is held with the support of the Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives, the Roscosmos State Corporation and the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, the Government and the Ministry of Culture of the Kaluga Region, the Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics, the Association of Planetariums of Russia, the Nika TV Company and other public and commercial organizations.

TASS is the main media partner of the festival.