Upgrading the International Space Station

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    The International Space Station (ISS) will be the largest human-made object ever to orbit the Earth. The station is so large that it could not be launched all at once -- it is being built piecemeal with large sections added continually by flights of the Space Shuttle. To function, the ISS needs trusses to keep it rigid and to route electricity and liquid coolants. These trusses are huge, extending over 15 meters long, and with masses over 10,000 kilograms. Pictured above earlier this month, astronauts Robert L. Curbeam (USA) and Christer Fuglesang (Sweden) work to attach a new truss segment to the ISS and begin to upgrade the power grid.

    © STS-116 Shuttle Crew, NASA 2006

    1. allr1 73 months ago | reply

      Un believable. Who is taking the picture?

    2. GaelicKiwi 68 months ago | reply

      I think I can answer that. A very interesting website -http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html
      has links to video clips and everything you could wish to know about the ISS. In one of the clips you can see very long robotic arms that extend out from various parts of the ISS and which have cameras and I would imagine mounting points for a variety of tools, able to be operated by the crew for observing and if necessary, repairing the exterior of the station.

    3. norvegia2005sara 67 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called We travel the World, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    4. Lover of Beauty & Art [deleted] 63 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Outter Space & other oribital pics, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    5. Carl Giwa 62 months ago | reply

      One of the most beautiful pictures from the entire space program. African American astronaut Capt. Curbeam (with the red stripe) was the designated lead spacewalker. Sweden's ESA astronaut Dr. Fuglesang is on the side of the truss (with his back to us.) The land mass in the photo is New Zealand.

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