Building a international Space Station...
————————————————————————The process of assembling the International Space Station (ISS) has been under way since the 1990s. Zarya, the first ISS module, was launched by a Proton rocket on 20 November 1998. The STS-88 shuttle mission followed two weeks after Zarya was launched, bringing Unity, the first of three node modules, and connecting it to Zarya. This bare 2-module core of the ISS remained unmanned for the next one and a half years, until in July 2000 the Russian module Zvezda was added, allowing a maximum crew of two astronauts or cosmonauts to be on the ISS permanently.
Some of the larger modules of ISS include:
* Zarya (launched 20 November 1998)
* Unity Module (launched 4 December 1998, also known as Node 1)
* Zvezda (launched 12 July 2000)
* Destiny Laboratory Module (launched 7 February 2001)
* Columbus orbital facility (launched 7 February 2008)
* Japanese Experiment Module, also known as Kibo (launched in multiple flights between 2008-2009)
* The truss and solar panels are also a large part of the station. (launched in multiple flights between 2000-2009)
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