The International Space Station: A Visual Assembly


Put into orbit in 1998, the International Space Station began with a module that was only 43 feet long. Over the years it has been continuously added to with new modules and solar arrays, the latest addition being a Japanese laboratory coming later this month. With all these additions, the size of space station has grown significantly. USA Today has created a flash animation outlying the timeline of the International Space Station’s assembly piece-by-piece. (Watching it, one can only think that these engineers were surely fans of Legos when they were kids.)

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