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Unveiling the extraordinary way in which the ISS was built

ISS is truly magnificent
  • The construction of the ISS was a complex process
  • Space Shuttle is one of the key players in the construction of the ISS
  • Canadarm2 is a robotic arm developed by the Canadian Space Agency

Published on Apr 14, 2024 at 12:50PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Apr 15, 2024 at 6:59PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Siddharth Dudeja
How ISS was built

The International Space Station (ISS) is a marvel of human engineering, floating in space like a beacon of collaboration among nations.

It serves as a laboratory for scientific research and experiments, helping scientists understand life in space and how it affects the human body.

But how was this extraordinary structure built?

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The construction of the ISS was a complex process involving multiple space missions and sophisticated technology.

One crucial aspect of its construction was the development of berthing and docking mechanisms, which allowed modules and spacecraft to attach securely to the station.

These mechanisms ensured the assembly of the various components of the space station in orbit — piece by piece — like building blocks in space.

One of the key players in the construction of the ISS was the Space Shuttle, a reusable spacecraft designed by NASA.

During its assembly, the Space Shuttle played a vital role in transporting astronauts and materials to and from the station.

The most significant mission in the construction of the space station was STS-88, also called Unity.

Unity provided the structural and functional connections between the Russian and American segments of the station.

Moreover, another crucial space mission was STS-98, which delivered the Destiny laboratory module to the station.

Destiny served as the station’s primary research facility, allowing scientists to conduct experiments in microgravity.

Further, the video explains Canadarm2, a robotic arm developed by the Canadian Space Agency that played a vital role in the construction project.

This robotic arm maneuvered and assembled large components of the station, making it possible to construct the space station piece by piece.

STS-100 and STS-104 were also essential missions in the construction of the space station, as they delivered additional modules and equipment to the station, further expanding its capabilities.

Hence, the construction of the International Space Station was a remarkable achievement in human space exploration.

From the casual spacewalks by the astronauts to complex missions — every achievement is made possible by the collaborative efforts of multiple nations and innovative technology.

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