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Adding on To The International Space Station (Updated!)
News story originally written on February 8, 2001

The Shuttle Atlantis had a perfect launch on February 7, 2001. It lifted off just after 6 p.m. EST, carrying 5 astronauts and the Destiny laboratory to the International Space Station (ISS). The astronauts scheduled for this mission are Commander Kenneth Cockrell, Pilot Mark Polansky, Mission specialists Robert Curbeam, Marsha Ivins and Thomas Jones. These astronauts will work with the 3 men aboard the ISS to connect the Destiny lab to the ISS. It will take 3 spacewalks and use of the shuttle's robotic arm to attach the new lab to the ISS.

The American-built Destiny laboratory will be the research center of the ISS. Experiments will even be done there to aid in finding a cure for cancer and diabetes.

Bill Sheperd, Yuri Gidzenko, and Sergei Krikalev are now in their 4th month aboard the ISS.

This STS-98 mission is scheduled to last just over 10 days.

Last modified February 9, 2001 by Jennifer Bergman.

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