The Continuing Story of the International Space Station
The International Space Station programme has made its mark in the annals of space exploration through a remarkable series of space ‘firsts’:
- the first time a partnership of nations has owned and operated a space station
- the first time western agencies have been given access to previously-secret Russian facilities
- the first time training and control centres in many countries have been linked
- the first time traffic involving multiple spacecraft built by many countries has been coordinated
- the first time large-scale commercial ventures have been attempted
- the first time a robot has handed over to another robot in human space flight
And the list is growing.
As NASA Space Station Programme Manager Tommy Holloway said: "When the world looks back on the International Space Station, they will see one huge team accomplishing an incredible mission. And through integrity, trust and respecting people, no obstacle, whether technical or cultural, is preventing this world space flight team from achieving our goals."
This is the story of a truly monumental project, from the dream to the reality.
New Scientist review 17 August 2002
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
- Building a giant
- From dream to reality
- Handshake in space
- Coming and going
- Construction site in space
- Life on the space station
- Value for money?
- Future uncertain
Appendix 1 ISS Assembly November 1998 to January 2002
Appendix 2 Future Assembly Schedule
Appendix 3 ISS Crew Biographies
Selected Web Sites
Selected Reading List
416 pages, including 8-page colour sectionBinding:
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