There was to be a shuttle launch today (delayed several times already). One of the last few before the shuttles are retired.
So it’s appropriate to reflect on the fact that this month marks a decade of human occupation of the International Space Station (ISS). It has now been continuously crewed since November 2000.
Scientific American marks the occasion with a slide show portraying the development of the ISS from “from a single Russian module to a behemoth orbital outpost the size of a football field.” (see A Decade on the Fly: Building the International Space Station–Module by Module [Slide Show]).
The Zarya Module, in the first photograph, provided an early source of propulsion and power. It was the first piece of the ISS to reach orbit being launched into space in November 1998 on a Russian Proton rocket.
The ten photos below from the Scientific American article show how the space station grew module by module. Go to the article to get a description of each stage of the ISS evolution.
- ISS Celebrates 10 Years of Continous Human Habitation (dailygalaxy.com)
- Ten years of the International Space Station (blogs.discovermagazine.com)
- ISS marks decade in space (rt.com)