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Space Station scrapbook

19/11/2013 20196 views
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From the launch of the first module Zarya in 1998, the International Space Station has grown to the size of a football field, with three laboratories, a gymnasium and an observatory.

The first American module, Unity, was attached to Zarya three weeks later, followed by the second Russian module, Zvezda, in 2000. The first crew to start continuous occupation, Expedition-1, arrived in 2000. Two trusses were installed in 2000 to hold the large solar wings that are characteristic of the orbital outpost.

The US laboratory Destiny arrived in 2001. From 2002 to 2007 the solar wings, connecting nodes and docking ports were installed. Two laboratory modules arrived in 2008: ESA’s Columbus and Japan’s Kibo. The Cupola observatory was installed in 2010.

The Station is a complete orbital research and technology laboratory, and is used to test systems and operations for future space exploration. These activities improve the quality of life on Earth by increasing our scientific knowledge from out-of-this-world research.

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    Zarya

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    Zarya
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    Unity docked with Zarya

    28/12/1998 1123 views 15 likes
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    Unity docked with Zarya
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    Unity, Zarya and Zvezda

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    Unity, Zarya and Zvezda
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    Expedition 1

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    Expedition 1 crew
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    Umberto Guidoni entering the Zarya module of the ISS

    25/07/2001 767 views 8 likes
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    Umberto Guidoni entering the Zarya module of the ISS
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    Space Station with P1 truss

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    Space Station
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    Thomas Reiter works on a cooling line in the S1 truss of the International Space Station

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    Thomas Reiter works on a cooling line of the International Space Station
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    The International Space Station following the STS-116 mission

    20/12/2006 1478 views 9 likes
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    The International Space Station following the STS-116 mission
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    Columbus laboratory moved into place with Canadarm2

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    Columbus laboratory moved into place with Canadarm2
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    The International Space Station seen from Space Shuttle Discovery after the STS-124 mission

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    International Space Station
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    HTV approaches the International Space Station

    25/09/2009 494 views 5 likes
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    HTV approaches Station
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    Expedition 20 inflight portrait inside the Harmony module

    22/06/2009 806 views 3 likes
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    Expedition 20 crew
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    Astronaut Nicholas Patrick working with the Cupola

    18/02/2010 1512 views 5 likes
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    Installing Cupola
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    Atlantis docked to ISS

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    Space Shuttle with Space Station
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    The International Space Station with ATV-2 and Endeavour

    08/06/2011 1145 views 9 likes
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    The International Space Station with ATV-2 and Endeavour