November 20th marked the date that the first part of the International Space Station was sent into orbit.
The Russian Zarya module was the first piece of the puzzle launched in 1998.
The rest of the station was built required more than 40 assembly flights. Not to mention all the supplies that need to still be ferried for the people manning the station.
The station was complete (well mostly) by 2010. It just seems like there has always been an ISS, but the station isn’t much older than cell phones (modern ones, not the brick that passed as mobile phones).
Considering that the partnership agreement to build the ISS was signed on January 29, 1998, it is pretty impressive that this first, massive undertaking by cooperating governments got moving so quickly and has lasted this entire time.
I just goes to show that great things can happen when we all work together.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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