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Episode 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.



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