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Space Station is 15 Years Old

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15 Year Old Station Hosts 38th Crew Working Science to Benefit Humanity

The International Space Station turned 15 years old Wednesday. Zarya, the first space station module, was launched aboard a Russian Proton rocket and placed into orbit on Nov. 20, 1998.

Two years later the first crew would occupy the station which consisted of just three modules including Russia’s Zvezda service module and the United States’ Unity node.

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Celebrating 15 Years Since the Sunrise

Nov. 20, 1998, was a day to mark in history. The Russian Space Agency , now known as Roscosmos, launched a Proton rocket that lifted the pressurized module called Zarya, or "sunrise" into orbit. This launch would truly be the dawn of the largest international cooperation effort in space to ever come to light.

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15 Years of Space Station Facilities Advance Microgravity Research Capabilities

From the first space station module, named Zarya, placed in orbit on November 20, 1998 to 2011’s construction completion, the facilities of the International Space Station provide powerful, safe and efficient laboratory capabilities for the more than 1,502 research investigations conducted to date on the orbiting laboratory. The space station provides a microgravity environment for researchers to conduct experiments in biology and biotechnology, human research, Earth and space science, physical science, and technology demonstrations, among a multitude of others, in what was only an engineering schematic just 15 years ago.

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Space Station Live: Commemorating 15 Years on Orbit

Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot talks to Mike Lammers, International Space Station flight director, about his experience at the beginning of the space station assembly era in 1998. Lammers built shuttle and station simulators during this period and also trained the first space shuttle crew, STS-88, to deliver a space station element.

The first space station module in orbit was Russia's Zarya cargo module launched aboard a Proton rocket on Nov. 20, 1998. The second module was the United States' Unity node launched Dec. 4, 1998, aboard space shuttle Endeavour on the STS-88 mission.

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Space Station Crew Pays Tribute to ISS on 15th Anniversary

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 38 Commander Oleg Kotov and his crewmates, NASA's Michael Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio, Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and cosmonauts Sergey Ryazanskiy and Mikhail Tyurin of the Russian Federal Space Agency paid tribute to the Nov. 20, 1998 launching of Zarya, the first component of the complex. The space station has grown into a world-class research laboratory, is the size of a football field and has a mass of almost a million pounds.

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What is the actual life of the station ? Didnt it have a twenty year life? :tu:

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What is the actual life of the station ? Didnt it have a twenty year life? :tu:

I believe it is planned to keep it operational until at least 2020. The Russian (who have far more experience of space stations than anyone else) believe that a 30 year life time is possible.

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The International Space Station 15th Anniversary Music Video

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Nov. 20, 1998 launch of Zarya, the first component of the International Space Station, this music video includes external and internal footage from various stages of construction of the complex.

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International Space Station at 15: First Construction

Space shuttle Endeavour flew the first construction mission for the International Space Station in December 1998, with Bob Cabana in command. Carrying the Unity node, Endeavour and its crew of astronauts and cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev rendezvoused with the Russian-made Zarya module in orbit and connected the two together to form the cornerstone of a structure that would grow to dwarf all other spacecraft and space stations. Fifteen years later, the orbiting laboratory has hosted dozens of astronauts and cosmonauts from all over the world to fulfill its mission of providing a permanent human presence in obit.

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I wish we could get a few more dollars to expand the size a little more. Get some of those Bigalow attachment on it .

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I wish we could get a few more dollars to expand the size a little more. Get some of those Bigalow attachment on it .

The size is going to be increased, there are more Russian modules to come.

Also a Bigelow module is going to be attached in 2015 (see HERE).

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