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Building ISS

The International Space Station (ISS0 is the largest human-made body in low Earth orbit and can often be seen with the naked eye from Earth. The first ISS component was launched in 1998. Since then, the station has been continuously built up for 19 years. Development and assembly of the station continue, with several major new elements scheduled for launch starting in 2020. The ISS consists of pressurized modules, structural trusses, solar arrays, radiators, docking ports, experiment bays, and robotic arms. Major ISS modules have been launched by Russian Proton and Soyuz rockets and US Space Shuttles.

Beginning in the mid-1990s, the U.S. components Destiny, Unity, the Integrated Truss Structure, and the solar arrays were fabricated at the Marshall Space Flight Center and the Michoud Assembly Facility.

The Russian modules, including Zarya and Zvezda, were manufactured at the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center in Moscow. Zvezda was initially manufactured in 1985 as a component for Mir-2, but was never launched and instead became the ISS Service Module.

The European Space Agency Columbus module was manufactured at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands, along with many other contractors throughout Europe. The other ESA-built modules - Harmony, Tranquility, the Leonardo MPLM, and the Cupola - were initially manufactured at the Thales Alenia Space factory located at the Cannes Mandelieu Space Center. The structural steel hulls of the modules were transported by aircraft to the Kennedy Space Center SSPF for launch processing.

The Japanese Experiment Module Kibo, was fabricated in various technology manufacturing facilities in Japan, at the NASDA (now JAXA) Tanegashima Space Center, and the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science. The Kibo module was transported by ship and flown by aircraft to the KSC Space Station Processing Facility.

The Mobile Servicing System, consisting of the Canadarm-2 and the Dextre grapple fixture, was manufactured at various factories in Canada and the United States under contract by the Canadian Space Agency. The mobile base system, a connecting framework for Canadarm-2 mounted on rails, was built by Northrop Grumman. The Canadarm-2 and Dextre were built by MDA Space Missions.

The first module of the ISS, Zarya, was launched on 20 November 1998 on an autonomous Russian Proton rocket. It provided propulsion, attitude control, communications, electrical power, but lacked long-term life support functions. Two weeks later, a passive NASA module Unity was launched aboard Space Shuttle flight STS-88 and attached to Zarya by astronauts during EVAs. On 12 July 2000, Zvezda was launched into orbit. Preprogrammed commands onboard deployed its solar arrays and communications antenna. It then became the passive target for a rendezvous with Zarya and Unity: it maintained a station-keeping orbit while the Zarya-Unity vehicle performed the rendezvous and docking via ground control and the Russian automated rendezvous and docking system. Zarya's computer transferred control of the station to Zvezda's computer soon after docking. Zvezda added sleeping quarters, a toilet, kitchen, CO2 scrubbers, dehumidifier, oxygen generators, exercise equipment, plus data, voice and television communications with mission control. This enabled permanent habitation of the station.

Expedition 1 arrived midway between the flights of STS-92 and STS-97. These two Space Shuttle flights each added segments of the station's Integrated Truss Structure, which provided the station with Ku-band communication for US television, additional attitude support needed for the additional mass of the USOS, and substantial solar arrays supplementing the station's existing 4 solar arrays.

Over the next two years, the station continued to expand. A Soyuz-U rocket delivered the Pirs docking compartment. The Space Shuttles Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour delivered the Destiny laboratory and Quest airlock, in addition to the station's main robot arm, the Canadarm2, and several more segments of the Integrated Truss Structure.

In 2006 Atlantis delivered the station's second set of solar arrays. Several more truss segments and the third set of arrays were delivered on STS-116, STS-117, and STS-118. As a result of the major expansion of the station's power-generating capabilities, more pressurized modules could be accommodated, and the Harmony node and Columbus European laboratory were added. These were soon followed by the first two components of Kibō. In March 2009, STS-119 completed the Integrated Truss Structure with the installation of the fourth and final set of solar arrays. The final section of Kibō was delivered in July 2009 on STS-127, followed by the Russian Poisk module. The third node, Tranquility, was delivered in February 2010 during STS-130 by the Space Shuttle Endeavour, alongside the Cupola, followed in May 2010 by the penultimate Russian module, Rassvet. Rassvet was delivered by Space Shuttle Atlantis on STS-132 in exchange for the Russian Proton delivery of the US-funded Zarya module in 1998. The last pressurized module of the USOS, Leonardo, was brought to the station on February 2011 on the final flight of Discovery, STS-133. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer was delivered by Endeavour on STS-134 the same year.

As of June 2011, the station consisted of 15 pressurized modules and the Integrated Truss Structure. Five modules are still to be launched, including the Nauka with the European Robotic Arm, the Uzlovoy Module, and two power modules called NEM-1 and NEM-2. As of March 2019, Russia's future primary research module Nauka is set to launch in the summer of 2020, along with the European Robotic Arm which will be able to relocate itself to different parts of the Russian modules of the station.
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STS096-722-075 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-722-075 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: As the flyaround continues the full ISS (+ZA/ Plane ... more

STS096-702-051 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach

STS096-702-051 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station taken during the approach of the STS-96 orbiter Discovery including: Distant views of the -ZA/Plane III side of ... more

STS096-333-033 - STS-096 - Views of the ISS taken during flyaround

STS096-333-033 - STS-096 - Views of the ISS taken during flyaround

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the +ZA (nadir) side of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the flyaround by the STS-96 crew. Visible in the view is the docking ... more

STS096-346-017 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-346-017 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Nadir side (Plane 1, +ZA) views of PMA-2,... more

STS096-715-000C - STS-096 - Dark views of ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-715-000C - STS-096 - Dark views of ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Dark views of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Nadir (+ZA) side of the ISS with some pain... more

STS096-345-007 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-345-007 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Zenith side (-ZA) views of the ISS over E... more

STS096-335-003 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach to docking

STS096-335-003 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach to do...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the Forward (+XA) side of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the approach of the STS-96 crew for docking including: Distant and ... more

STS096-712-002 - STS-096 - Survey view of the ISS taken while still docked in payload bay

STS096-712-002 - STS-096 - Survey view of the ISS taken while still do...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Survey view of the -ZA (zenith) side of the Node 1/Unity and FGB/Zarya modules of the International Space Station (ISS) taken while still docked to the ... more

STS096-715-032 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-715-032 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Zenith side (-ZA/ Plane III) view of the ISS mod... more

STS096-406-028 - STS-096 - Overview of the ISS during fly-around

STS096-406-028 - STS-096 - Overview of the ISS during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Overview of the Nadir side (+ZA) of the International Space Station (ISS) against the darkness of space. Visible in all these photos are the Early Comm... more

STS096-342-002 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-342-002 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Nadir (+ZA) side of the Node 1/Unity, Pressurize... more

STS096-347-003 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-347-003 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: View of Plane 3 of the FGB/Zarya, Pressurized Ma... more

STS096-712-025 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-712-025 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the docking target in Forward end (+XA) of the Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA)-2 taken during the STS-96 fly-around of the International Space ... more

STS096-342-024 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-342-024 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Nadir (+ZA, -XA) side of the FGB/Zarya, PMA-2 an... more

STS096-343-029 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-343-029 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Nadir side (+ZA) view of the Node 1/Unity... more

STS096-335-024 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach to docking

STS096-335-024 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach to do...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the Forward (+XA) side of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the approach of the STS-96 crew for docking including: View of doc... more

STS096-381-029 - STS-096 - ISS views taken during undocking

STS096-381-029 - STS-096 - ISS views taken during undocking

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Forward end (+XA) of the PMA-2 and Node 1/Unity module with the docking target in the PMA-2 visible as well as the SVS targets and Strela crane. Views g... more

STS096-346-011 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-346-011 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: view (+XA) forward end Pressurized Mating... more

STS096-349-033 - STS-096 - Overall views of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-349-033 - STS-096 - Overall views of the ISS taken during fly-a...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Overall views of the Zenith side (-ZA) of the International Space Station (ISS) taken by the STS-96 crew during their fly-around of the station. The vie... more

STS096-347-029 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-347-029 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: View of the Node 1/Unity and PMA-2 modules with ... more

STS096-715-052 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-715-052 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Zenith side (-ZA/ Plane III) view of the ISS mod... more

STS096-405-034 - STS-096 - End-on view of the ISS during fly-around

STS096-405-034 - STS-096 - End-on view of the ISS during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Distant view of the Aft end (-XA) of the FGB/Zarya module and the International Space Station (ISS). Also visible are the FGB solar arrays. Subject Te... more

STS096-347-028 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-347-028 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Views of the Node 1/Unity, PMA-1 and Plane 3 of ... more

STS096-358-014 - STS-096 - ISS views taken during fly-around

STS096-358-014 - STS-096 - ISS views taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Distant views (with glare) of the Nadir side (+ZA) of the ISS over an overexposed Earth limb. Subject Terms: INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION DOCUMENTATION ... more

STS096-724-061 - STS-096 - View of the ISS in the Discovery's payload bay

STS096-724-061 - STS-096 - View of the ISS in the Discovery's payload ...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the Zenith side (-ZA) of the International Space Station (ISS) docked in the STS-96 orbiter Discovery's payload bay as seen from the Spacehab wi... more

STS096-715-038 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-715-038 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Zenith side (-ZA/ Plane III) view of the ISS mod... more

STS096-715-000A - STS-096 - Dark views of ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-715-000A - STS-096 - Dark views of ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Dark views of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Nadir (+ZA) side of the ISS with some pain... more

STS096-712-034 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-712-034 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of Nadir side (+ZA, Plane 1) of the FGB/ Zarya module and the Node 1/Unity module with the Earth in the background. View 034 was selected by PAO fo... more

STS096-712-046 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-712-046 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of Nadir side (+ZA, Plane 1) of the FGB/Zarya module and the Node 1/ Unity module with an Earth limb in the background. Also visible in these views... more

STS096-724-056 - STS-096 - View of the ISS in the Discovery's payload bay

STS096-724-056 - STS-096 - View of the ISS in the Discovery's payload ...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the Zenith side (-ZA) of the International Space Station (ISS) docked in the STS-96 orbiter Discovery's payload bay as seen from the Spacehab wi... more

STS096-406-006 - STS-096 - Overview of the ISS during fly-around

STS096-406-006 - STS-096 - Overview of the ISS during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Overview of the Nadir side (+ZA) of the International Space Station (ISS) over an Earth limb. Visible in all these photos are the Early Comm antennas o... more

STS096-715-022 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-715-022 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Distant views of the Nadir side (-ZA) of the ISS... more

STS096-405-031 - STS-096 - End-on view of the ISS during fly-around

STS096-405-031 - STS-096 - End-on view of the ISS during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Distant view of the Aft end (-XA) of the FGB/Zarya module and the International Space Station (ISS). Also visible are the FGB solar arrays. Subject Te... more

STS096-347-026 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-347-026 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Views of the Node 1/Unity, PMA-1 and Plane 3 of ... more

STS096-702-046 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach

STS096-702-046 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station taken during the approach of the STS-96 orbiter Discovery including: Distant views of the -ZA/Plane III side of ... more

STS096-712-035 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-712-035 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Distant views of the Nadir side (+ZA) of the International Space Station (ISS) against an Earth limb. Subject Terms: INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION STS-96... more

STS096-714-025 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-714-025 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of taken of the Nadir side (+ZA) of the International Space Station (ISS) during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Closer views of the N... more

STS096-715-046 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-715-046 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Zenith side (-ZA/ Plane III) view of the ISS mod... more

S96E5217 - STS-096 - View of the ISS stack as seen during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew

S96E5217 - STS-096 - View of the ISS stack as seen during the fly-arou...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) stack (with the Node 1/Unity module in the foreground) as seen during the fly-around performed by the crew... more

STS096-346-009 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-346-009 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: view (+XA) forward end Pressurized Mating... more

STS096-712-000D - STS-096 - Survey view of the ISS taken while still docked in payload bay

STS096-712-000D - STS-096 - Survey view of the ISS taken while still d...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Survey view of the -ZA (zenith) side of the Node 1/Unity and FGB/Zarya modules of the International Space Station (ISS) taken while still docked to the ... more

STS096-712-006 - STS-096 - Survey view of the ISS taken while still docked in payload bay

STS096-712-006 - STS-096 - Survey view of the ISS taken while still do...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Survey view of the -ZA (zenith) side of the Node 1/Unity and FGB/Zarya modules of the International Space Station (ISS) taken while still docked to the ... more

STS096-343-036 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-343-036 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Nadir side (+ZA) view of the Node 1/Unity... more

STS096-343-016 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-343-016 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Nadir side view (+XA, +ZA) of the Node 1/... more

STS096-405-032 - STS-096 - End-on view of the ISS during fly-around

STS096-405-032 - STS-096 - End-on view of the ISS during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Distant view of the Aft end (-XA) of the FGB/Zarya module and the International Space Station (ISS). Also visible are the FGB solar arrays. Subject Te... more

STS096-702-047 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach

STS096-702-047 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station taken during the approach of the STS-96 orbiter Discovery including: Distant views of the -ZA/Plane III side of ... more

STS096-411-018 - STS-096 - ISS views taken during flyaround

STS096-411-018 - STS-096 - ISS views taken during flyaround

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station taken during the flyaround performed by the STS-96 crew. Visible in all the frames is the Russian-built Strela c... more

STS096-345-010 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-345-010 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Zenith side (-ZA) views of the ISS over E... more

STS096-410-001 - STS-096 - ISS views taken during flyaround

STS096-410-001 - STS-096 - ISS views taken during flyaround

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station taken during the flyaround performed by the STS-96 crew. Visible in all the frames is the Russian-built Strela c... more

STS096-722-077 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-722-077 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: As the flyaround continues the full ISS (+ZA/ Plane ... more

STS096-347-023 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-347-023 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: View of the Node 1/Unity and PMA-2 modules with ... more

STS096-712-064 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-712-064 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of Nadir side (+ZA, Plane 1) of the FGB/Zarya module and the Node 1/ Unity module with an Earth limb in the background. Also visible in these views... more

STS096-715-048 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-715-048 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Zenith side (-ZA/ Plane III) view of the ISS mod... more

STS096-715-051 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-715-051 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Zenith side (-ZA/ Plane III) view of the ISS mod... more

STS096-701-004 - STS-096 - Views of ISS taken during approach

STS096-701-004 - STS-096 - Views of ISS taken during approach

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the Zenith side (-ZA) of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the STS-96 orbiter Discovery's approach incluing: ISS over an Earth ... more

STS096-722-074 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-722-074 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: As the flyaround continues the full ISS (+ZA/ Plane ... more

STS096-702-050 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach

STS096-702-050 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station taken during the approach of the STS-96 orbiter Discovery including: Distant views of the -ZA/Plane III side of ... more

STS096-702-060 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach

STS096-702-060 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station taken during the approach of the STS-96 orbiter Discovery including: View of the docking target in the +XA side ... more

STS096-347-017 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-347-017 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: View of the Node 1/Unity and PMA-2 modules with ... more

STS096-406-007 - STS-096 - Overview of the ISS during fly-around

STS096-406-007 - STS-096 - Overview of the ISS during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Overview of the Nadir side (+ZA) of the International Space Station (ISS) over an Earth limb. Visible in all these photos are the Early Comm antennas o... more

STS096-702-055 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach

STS096-702-055 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station taken during the approach of the STS-96 orbiter Discovery including: Distant views of the -ZA/Plane III side of ... more

STS096-722-086 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-722-086 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: As the flyaround continues the full ISS (+ZA/ Plane ... more

STS096-335-001 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach to docking

STS096-335-001 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach to do...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the Forward (+XA) side of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the approach of the STS-96 crew for docking including: Distant and ... more

STS096-335-021 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach to docking

STS096-335-021 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach to do...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the Forward (+XA) side of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the approach of the STS-96 crew for docking including: View of doc... more

STS096-405-009 - STS-096 - End-on view of the ISS during fly-around

STS096-405-009 - STS-096 - End-on view of the ISS during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Distant view of the Aft end (-XA) of the FGB/Zarya module and the International Space Station (ISS). Also visible are the FGB solar arrays. Subject Te... more

STS096-702-045 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach

STS096-702-045 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station taken during the approach of the STS-96 orbiter Discovery including: Distant views of the -ZA/Plane III side of ... more

STS096-722-065 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-722-065 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: As the flyaround continues the full ISS (+ZA/ Plane ... more

STS096-702-070 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach

STS096-702-070 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station taken during the approach of the STS-96 orbiter Discovery including: View of the docking target in the +XA side ... more

STS096-342-029 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-342-029 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Nadir (+ZA, -XA) side of the FGB/Zarya, PMA-2 an... more

STS096-358-023 - STS-096 - ISS views taken during fly-around

STS096-358-023 - STS-096 - ISS views taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Overviews of the Nadir aft end (+Z, -X) of the ISS taken through the Crew Optical Alignment System (COAS). Subject Terms: INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION D... more

STS096-406-027 - STS-096 - Overview of the ISS during fly-around

STS096-406-027 - STS-096 - Overview of the ISS during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Overview of the Nadir side (+ZA) of the International Space Station (ISS) against the darkness of space. Visible in all these photos are the Early Comm... more

STS096-712-058 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-712-058 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of Nadir side (+ZA, Plane 1) of the FGB/Zarya module and the Node 1/ Unity module with an Earth limb in the background. Also visible in these views... more

STS096-358-005 - STS-096 - ISS views taken during fly-around

STS096-358-005 - STS-096 - ISS views taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the Nadir side (+ZA) of the International Space Station (ISS) taken by the STS-96 crew during the fly-around. The station is photographed over a... more

STS096-333-008 - STS-096 - Views of PMA-2 and Node 1 during flyaround

STS096-333-008 - STS-096 - Views of PMA-2 and Node 1 during flyaround

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Views of the International Space Station (ISS) +XA, +ZA (forward, nadir) sides with the Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA)-2 and Node 1 centered in the vi... more

STS096-722-071 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-722-071 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: As the flyaround continues the full ISS (+ZA/ Plane ... more

STS096-405-029 - STS-096 - End-on view of the ISS during fly-around

STS096-405-029 - STS-096 - End-on view of the ISS during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Distant view of the Aft end (-XA) of the FGB/Zarya module and the International Space Station (ISS). Also visible are the FGB solar arrays. Subject Te... more

STS096-715-071 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-715-071 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Zenith side (-ZA/Plane III) view of the ISS modu... more

STS096-333-021 - STS-096 - Views of the ISS taken during flyaround

STS096-333-021 - STS-096 - Views of the ISS taken during flyaround

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the +ZA (nadir) side of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the flyaround by the STS-96 crew. Visible in the view is the docking ... more

STS096-724-039 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken while docked with the orbiter Discovery

STS096-724-039 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken while docked with the...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken while the station was docked with the STS-96 orbiter Discovery. Views include: Various views of SVS ... more

STS096-335-022 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach to docking

STS096-335-022 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach to do...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the Forward (+XA) side of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the approach of the STS-96 crew for docking including: View of doc... more

STS096-405-030 - STS-096 - End-on view of the ISS during fly-around

STS096-405-030 - STS-096 - End-on view of the ISS during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Distant view of the Aft end (-XA) of the FGB/Zarya module and the International Space Station (ISS). Also visible are the FGB solar arrays. Subject Te... more

STS096-349-012 - STS-096 - Overall views of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-349-012 - STS-096 - Overall views of the ISS taken during fly-a...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Overall views of the Zenith side (-ZA) of the International Space Station (ISS) taken by the STS-96 crew during their fly-around of the station. The vie... more

STS096-381-020 - STS-096 - ISS views taken during undocking

STS096-381-020 - STS-096 - ISS views taken during undocking

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Forward end (+XA) of the PMA-2 and Node 1/Unity module with the docking target in the PMA-2 visible as well as the SVS targets and Strela crane. Views g... more

STS096-333-034 - STS-096 - Views of the ISS taken during flyaround

STS096-333-034 - STS-096 - Views of the ISS taken during flyaround

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the +ZA (nadir) side of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the flyaround by the STS-96 crew. Visible in the view is the docking ... more

STS096-347-005 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-347-005 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: View of Plane 3 of the FGB/Zarya, Pressurized Ma... more

STS096-714-009 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-714-009 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of taken of the Nadir side (+ZA) of the International Space Station (ISS) during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Distant views of the ... more

STS096-712-068 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-712-068 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of Nadir side (+ZA, Plane 1) of the FGB/Zarya module and the Node 1/ Unity module with an Earth limb in the background. Also visible in these views... more

STS096-405-011 - STS-096 - End-on view of the ISS during fly-around

STS096-405-011 - STS-096 - End-on view of the ISS during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Distant view of the Aft end (-XA) of the FGB/Zarya module and the International Space Station (ISS). Also visible are the FGB solar arrays. Subject Te... more

STS096-346-037 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-346-037 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Overall view of ISS stack (+ZA, -XA sides... more

STS096-335-015 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach to docking

STS096-335-015 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach to do...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the Forward (+XA) side of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the approach of the STS-96 crew for docking including: View of doc... more

STS096-722-054 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-722-054 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Forward end (+XA) of Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA... more

STS096-724-080 - STS-096 - Dark views of the ISS in the Discovery's payload bay

STS096-724-080 - STS-096 - Dark views of the ISS in the Discovery's pa...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Dark views of the Zenith side (-ZA) of the International Space Station docked in the STS-96 orbiter Discovery's payload bay with an Earth limb in the ba... more

STS096-724-029 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken while docked with the orbiter Discovery

STS096-724-029 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken while docked with the...

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken while the station was docked with the STS-96 orbiter Discovery. Views include: dark views of the Zen... more

STS096-702-066 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach

STS096-702-066 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station taken during the approach of the STS-96 orbiter Discovery including: View of the docking target in the +XA side ... more

STS096-702-056 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach

STS096-702-056 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during approach

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station taken during the approach of the STS-96 orbiter Discovery including: Distant views of the -ZA/Plane III side of ... more

STS096-345-002 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-345-002 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: distant Zenith side (-ZA) views of the IS... more

STS096-714-004 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-714-004 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of taken of the Nadir side (+ZA) of the International Space Station (ISS) during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Distant views of the ... more

STS096-722-060 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-722-060 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Forward end (+XA) of Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA... more

STS096-714-027 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-714-027 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of taken of the Nadir side (+ZA) of the International Space Station (ISS) during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Closer views of the N... more

STS096-715-061 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

STS096-715-061 - STS-096 - View of the ISS taken during fly-around

The original finding aid described this as: Description: View of the International Space Station (ISS) taken during the fly-around by the STS-96 crew including: Zenith side (-ZA/Plane III) view of the ISS modu... more