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The International Space Station

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Five months after Andy Thomas returned home from the last NASA mission to Mir, the next phase of space station development was ready to get underway. On 20 November 1998 a Proton rocket launched into orbit carrying the first element of the ISS. It was an FGB node, based on Chelomei’s TKS spacecraft design. Prior to the flight, it was given the name Zarya (a Russian word meaning “Sunrise”). It seemed like a very fitting name since it was, for both the United States and Russia, the sunrise of a new project. To space workers with experience in the Salyut




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