Upgrading the International Space Station

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zorg.ch
#97398 by @ 26.12.2006 00:00 - nach oben -
Upgrading the International Space Station


Explanation:
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.


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zorg.ch
#97399 by @ 26.12.2006 00:15 - nach oben -
ui. s'gross bild isch wiedermol... gross! traumhaft!