The International Space Station program is tied together by a complex set of legal, political and financial agreements between the fifteen nations involved in the project, governing ownership of the various components, rights to crewing and utilisation, and responsibilities for crew rotation and station resupply. These agreements tie together the five space agencies and their respective International Space Station Programs and govern how they interact with each other on a daily basis to maintain station operations, from traffic control of spacecraft to and from the station, to utilization of space and crew time. In spring 2010, the International Space Station Program Managers from each of the five partner agencies were presented with Aviation Week's Laureate Award in the Space category, and NASA's International Space Station Program was awarded the 2009 Collier Trophy.
A Commemorative Plaque honoring Space Station Intergovernmental Agreement signed on January 28, 1998.
|International Space Station Program Managers|
|Canadian Space Agency||Pierre Jean|
|European Space Agency||Bernardo Patti|
|Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency||Yoshiyuki Hasegawa|
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