How to build an International Space Station (ISS)

It’s not the great double wheel of a space station that so inflamed my imagination back in 1968, with Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Still, it’s a space station, and humans will live and work there.

The International Space Station (ISS) is taking shape above our heads as you read this, and has been since 1998. USAToday has a cool flash animation on how the ISS has come together. Check it out..

Okay, so it’s not the great double wheel of a space station that so inflamed my imagination back in 1968, with Stanley Kubrick’s epic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. I saw that film 6 times in the spring and summer of 1968 – a couple of times at drive-in theaters – before it left the large screen for the first time (before it returned and achieved film immortality).

But hey. The ISS a space station, a place where human beings are meant to live and work in space. And although my enthusiasms might not burn as brightly now as they did 40 years ago, I still think that’s pretty cool.

Lest we forget … sigh …

The ISS is scheduled for completion by late 2011. The station is expected to remain in operation until at least 2015, and likely 2020.

Alan Stern: ā€˜Iā€™d like to see the U.S explore planets with human beings.ā€™

Deborah Byrd