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Space Construction
The Space Shuttle Endeavour lights up the night sky as it embarks on the first U.S. mission dedicated to the assembly of the International Space Station. Endeavour Launch
     
With the aid of the Canadian-built Remote Manipulator System (RMS), Space Shuttle Endeavour's cabin-bound astronauts lift Unity out of the payload bay to position it upright for connection to Zarya.   Unity Deployment
     
Mission specialists James H. Newman and Jerry L. Ross (out of frame) shared three separate space walks designed to prepare for the release of the first combined elements of the International Space Station.   Space Walks
     
Astronaut Nancy J. Currie and cosmonaut Sergei K. Krikalev, both mission specialists, use rechargeable power tools to manipulate nuts and bolts on the Russian-built Zarya module. Astronaut Robert D. Cabana, mission commander, translates in the background.   Power Tools
     
The United States-built Unity connecting module (bottom) and the Russian-built Zarya module are backdropped against the blackness of space.   Unity - Zarya
     
This digital artist's concept shows a close-up of Russian segments of the International Space Station after all assembly is completed. The Service Module in the center of this view will be the early living quarters and the cornerstone of the station.   Space Station
     
Living In Space    
     
Astronaut Frederick W. "Rick" Sturckow, pilot, gets a workout on the bicycle ergometer, on the Space Shuttle Endeavour. The human body loses muscle and bone mass rapidly in space. To fight this loss, two hours of strenuous exercise will be built into every astronaut's daily schedule while living on the Space Station.   Workout
     
Astronauts Frederick W. "Rick" Sturckow (top), pilot, and Jerry L. Ross, mission specialist, are ready for their sleep period aboard the Earth-orbiting Space Shuttle Endeavour. Humans need a little less sleep in space because our bodies do very little work in a microgravity environment.   Sleep
     
Dr. Nigel Packham, a Lockheed-Martin life support systems scientist, appears almost lost among the 30,000 wheat plants that produced oxygen for him during a 15-day regenerative life support systems test at the Johnson Space Center. Live plants will be important to any future manned space exploration because they generate oxygen and take in carbon dioxide.   Wheat

Photo credits for all images: NASA.

 

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