The crews of the ISS and space shuttle Atlantis assemble for a group photo in the Destiny laboratory on the ISS. From the left, front row, are Peggy A. Whitson, Valery G. Korzun and Sergei Y. Treschev of the ISS. From the left, back row, are David A. Wolf, Sandra H. Magnus, Pamela A. Melroy, Jeffrey S. Ashby, Piers J. Sellers and Fyodor N. Yurchikhin who travelled to the ISS on the space shuttle Atlantis last week.
Click on image for full size
Courtesy of NASA
Visitors Bring a New Piece to the ISS!
News story originally written on October 23, 2002
After living in space since June, the three people aboard the International Space Station (ISS) were excited to have visitors last week! They welcomed the six-person crew of the space shuttle Atlantis who started a big construction project that will eventually expand the space station’s laboratories.
During the Atlantis crew’s 11-day mission they added a giant new piece onto the space station. The Atlantis crew worked with the crew of the ISS to put the new piece into place during three space walks. The new piece is 45 feet long and 15 feet wide. It includes an advanced cooling system that has a giant, 75-foot radiator. After future construction projects like this one that add new pieces to the station, the new structure will be 356 feet long and hold the radiators and solar wings that are needed for future laboratories. The next piece will be added in November when the space shuttle Endeavour visits the ISS bringing both the new piece and a new ISS crew.
The space shuttle Atlantis and its crew of six returned to Earth on Friday October 18, 2002 after their 4.5 million-mile visit to the International Space Station.
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Learn about Earth and space science, and have fun while doing it! The games
section of our online store
includes a climate change card game
and the Traveling Nitrogen game
You might also be interested in:
It was another exciting and frustrating year for the space science program. It seemed that every step forward led to one backwards. Either way, NASA led the way to a great century of discovery. Unfortunately,...more
The Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off from Kennedy Space Center on October 29th at 2:19 p.m. EST. The weather was great as Discovery took 8 1/2 minutes to reach orbit. This was the United States' 123rd...more
A moon was discovered orbiting the asteroid, Eugenia. This is only the second time in history that a satellite has been seen circling an asteroid. A special mirror allowed scientists to find the moon...more
Will Russia ever put the service module for the International Space Station in space? NASA officials want an answer from the Russian government. The necessary service module is currently waiting to be...more
A coronal mass ejection (CME) happened on the Sun early last month. The material that was thrown out from this explosion passed the ACE spacecraft. The SWICS instrument on ACE has produced a new and very...more
J.S. Maini of the Canadian Forest Service called forests the "heart and lungs of the world." This is because forests filter air and water pollution, absorb carbon dioxide, release oxygen, and maintain...more
In late April through mid-May 2002, all five naked-eye planets are visible at the same time in the night sky! This is includes Mercury which is generally very hard to see. You won't want to miss this!...more