The ISS Turns 15!

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    November 20 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the International Space Station.

    Today is a big day!  The International Space Station turns 15!  On this day, 15 years ago, nations united to build the mostadvanced space laboratory ever created—the International Space Station.  A Russian spacecraft carried the first piece, Zarya, up into space in November 1998 with the module from NASA, Unity, joining it a couple of weeks later.  It would be two years of preparation and building before the first crew would grace the ISS.  But in November 2000, Expedition 1 arrived aboard a Soyuz TM-31.  The space station marked an end to a rivalry between NASA and the Russian space agency.  And the international participation now includes the Japanese space agency, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency