A space station is an orbiting structure where people can live in space. The first space station, Salyut 1, was launched on April 19, 1971. It led to Mir, which was launched in 1986. Construction (in orbit) on the new International Space station began in 1998. The first crew was launched on a Russian Soyuz (in Russian, soyuz means "union") spacecraft for a three-month stay beginning January 2000.
A space station is an artificial structure designed for humans to live in outer space. So far only low earth orbit (LEO) stations are implemented, also known as orbital stations. A space station is distinguished from other manned spacecraft by its lack of major propulsion or landing facilities — instead, other vehicles are used as transport to and from the station.