Astronomy and Space


When was the first module of the International Space Station launched?

The first module of the International Space Station was launched by Russia in November 1998 following many years of planning. The space shuttle Endeavour brought the first U.S.–built module to the space station in December 1998. A second Russian module arrived in July 2000 followed by the first crew in December 2000. The members of the first crew to live in the space station were Sergei K. Krikalev and Yuri P. Gidzenko from Russia and William M. (Bill) Shepherd from the United States. Construction of the International Space Station is expected to be completed in 2011 and will, hopefully, be operational through 2015.


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