One, SPACE STATION: The Journey Begins sets out to
answer the questions of how you build a space station and why? The biggest
challenge of the project is that the hundreds of components developed
around the world, which will make up the finished Space Station, cannot
be tested together before they are assembled in space - a task never done
before. The story of the design and construction of this unrivalled project
begins with the problems and advantages resulting from NASA's decision
to collaborate with the Russians as a way to control costs. The program
also explores the project's early growing pains as the Americans and Russians
learn how to put old rivalries aside and share with each other their years
of experience. You'll travel to Canada, Russia and Kazakhstan, as well
as locations throughout the United States, with the global team of engineers
and astronauts struggling to get the first elements ready for launch.
The episode concludes as Russia's Zarya module, the seed from which the
International Space Station will grow, is successfully launched into orbit.