Nov 8, 2010

Happy Belated Anniversary ISS :o)

November 2 marked the 10th anniversary of human habitation at the International Space Station, meaning that humans have been living in space for more than two decades. 

The ISS has been continuously lived in since Nov. 2, 2000, when Expedition 1 commander Bill Shepherd and flight engineers Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko became the first residents. Since then, 200 explorers have visited, 15 nations have contributed modules and hardware, and more than 600 experiments have been conducted.

The ISS’ greatest achievements may be yet to come. In February, astronauts will install the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-02, designed to detect dark matter and uncover the secrets of the origins of the universe. The station is built to last through 2020.  Beyond that, its future could be as a base camp for expeditions to the moon, Mars, or an asteroid mission.

It is a bittersweet anniversary as the end of our Shuttle program looms.  I hope that our foray into privatizing of the space program starts to bare fruit soon.


  1. I had no idea it was still up there...

  2. I just found out last weekend there is a geocache on the ISS..I think I can write that one off of our "to find" list for sure!

  3. I agree with you... with the Shuttle Program ending, this anniversary of the Space Station is bittersweet. I certainly hope we don't lose our edge or shut the door on future exploration with privatization.

  4. Evidently "2001: A Space Odyssey" was off a few years.


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