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Notable moments of the International Space Station


Notable moments of the International Space Station

The crew of the space shuttle Atlantis took this picture of the International Space Station after leaving it in July 2011. Atlantis was the last shuttle to visit the station, which was first launched in 1998 and built by a partnership of 16 nations.

Notable moments of the International Space Station

The crew of the space shuttle Endeavour initiates the station’s first assembly sequence in 1998. The International Space Station includes several large modules, each launched separately and connected in space by astronauts.

Notable moments of the International Space Station

The Zarya control module, on the left with the solar panels, floats above Earth with its newly attached Unity module after the first assembly sequence in December 1998.

Notable moments of the International Space Station

The first crew of the International Space Station, seen on board in December 2000. From the left are cosmonaut Yuri P. Gidzenko, astronaut William M. Shepherd and cosmonaut Sergei K. Krikalev.

Notable moments of the International Space Station

The Endeavour crew installs the first set of U.S. solar arrays on the station in 2000.

Notable moments of the International Space Station

In March 2001, a space shuttle delivered the station’s second crew and brought the first one home. It also brought Leonardo, the station’s first Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, to the station. Leonardo carried supplies and equipment.

Notable moments of the International Space Station

In September 2006, the space shuttle Atlantis docked with the space station, delivering solar wings and a new truss.

Notable moments of the International Space Station

The space shuttle Discovery leaves the space station in March 2008 after its crew successfully delivered and installed the Japanese-built Kibo lab.

Notable moments of the International Space Station

The unmanned SpaceX Dragon spacecraft connects to the space station in May 2012. It was the first private spacecraft to successfully reach an orbiting space station.

Notable moments of the International Space Station

An unmanned Russian cargo craft disconnects from the space station in April 2013. The station relies heavily on ships to bring up supplies.

Notable moments of the International Space Station

Commander Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency peers out of the space station’s Cupola observatory on April 27. The Cupola is a dome-shaped module that allows station crew members to observe and guide activities outside the station.

Notable moments of the International Space Station

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft is docked with the space station on May 5. Since the U.S. shuttle program ended in 2011, all crew members are ferried to and from the space station on Russian rockets.

Notable moments of the International Space Station

A Soyuz spacecraft is seen on May 13 as it lands in Kazakhstan with Wakata and other members of the his Expedition 39 crew.

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