26: International Space Station
For Showing That Space Exploration Transcends Global Politics
It was the most politically complex space exploration initiative ever: Five government agencies spread across the globe would join forces to build a research station in low orbit. It was a noble notion. To make the International Space Station a reality, though, one-time rivals (particularly the United States and Russia) had to put aside decades of intense political tension—while surmounting enormously complicated, delicate technical achievements.