A film which gives an overview of the International Space Station [ISS]. Starting with a brief history of manned spaceflight leading to the development of the International Space Station, the potential for research in five areas is highlighted - biotechnology, medicine, fluid physics, agriculture and general industry. The structure of the station is outlined, along with the concept of the partnership of contributing nations. The film shows construction of the various components, and animated descriptions of their function; the assembly of the station is discussed, with footage of shuttle, Proton [animation] and Soyuz launches. The film ends with a look at the control of the ISS, and its monitoring through a ground-based communications network.
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