November 22, 1998 |
Russian space officials gave the first module of the international space station a routine tweak to push it into higher orbit and convened a meeting on Earth to map out its future. Flight controllers fired one of the module's two maneuvering engines to raise it to an orbit about 157 miles in space, the station's public affairs office said. Russian Space Agency Director Yuri N. Koptev said the maneuver was carried out "with great accuracy."
December 12, 1998 |
After only a day on board, Endeavour's astronauts turned off the lights and closed the doors of the new international space station Friday for its release this weekend from the shuttle. Among the items left behind for the first permanent residents, due in little more than a year: wrenches, screwdrivers, drills, a spare computer, a video-conferencing system and clothes. There also was a surprise or two, but the astronauts wouldn't say what.
November 21, 1998 |
Zarya, a high-tech space tugboat and control module, rose into the sky Friday from the wind-swept steppe of Central Asia, becoming the first segment of a new International Space Station to be launched into orbit. With a burst of flame and a thunderous explosion, the unmanned, $300-million unit successfully reached orbit atop a Russian-made Proton rocket 14 years after NASA began drawing up plans to build a new space station.
December 5, 1998 |
The world's most elite construction crew blazed into orbit Friday aboard space shuttle Endeavour to begin the complex task of assembling the international space station. "Let's go do this," said shuttle commander Robert Cabana, eager to deliver the first American-made piece of the space station after a year's delay and an exasperating, last-minute postponement the day before. "Amen," launch control replied. Endeavour lifted off at 3:35 a.m. with a brilliant white flash.