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Recalling First Station Assembly Mission

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 09:34 PM


Kennedy Director Bob Cabana Recalls First Station Assembly Mission

NASA Public Affairs Officer Josh Byerly talks with Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana, who in December 1998 was the commander of the first International Space Station assembly flight -- the STS-88 mission aboard space shuttle Endeavour. The STS-88 crew attached the first U.S. segment of the station, the Unity node, to the Zarya module that had launched into space just a few weeks earlier.

Since that first meeting of Zarya and Unity, the space station grew piece by piece with additions from each of the international partners built across three continents and leading to the largest and most complex spacecraft ever constructed.

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 02:28 AM


The International Space Station Celebrates 15 Years

Bob Cabana, director of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, looks back at space shuttle mission STS-88, the first International Space Station assembly flight. Cabana commanded the mission, which joined the American Unity node to the Russian Zarya functional cargo block to create the space station.

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