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Building the International Space Station (Photos)

How Do You Like Me Node?

NASA

STS-130 shuttle pilot Terry Virts (bottom), mission specialist Stephen Robinson (top right)and station astronaut Soichi Noguchi of Japan are pictured in the newly-installed Tranquility node of the International Space Station while space shuttle Endeavour remains docked with the station on Feb. 14, 2010.

Windows On the Wolrd

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The International Space Station's new Cupola observation dome is seen with all seven of its window shutters open on Feb. 17, 2010 after a spacewalk to unlock its launch restraints during NASA's STS-130 mission.

Greet the Dawn

NASA

Atlantis astronauts attach the new Russian-built Rassvet ("Dawn") module to an Earth-facing port of the Zarya module of the International Space Station on May 18, 2010. Rassvet is the second in a series of new pressurized components for Russia.

To be Continued

NASA

The International Space Station continues to grow. A new storage closet and Russian laboratory are expected to complete the station by 2011, when NASA's shuttle fleet retires.

It's Your Destiny...Join Me

NASA

NASA's Destiny laboratory forms the backbone of the U.S. science presence aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The Destiny module (backdropped against the Earth at bottom) appears here in a photograph by the STS-98 astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis, who delivered the lab to the ISS after a Feb. 7, 2001 launch.

Oh, Canada Arm!

NASA

The International Space Station (ISS) received a new robotic arm, UHF antenna and science racks for the Destiny laboratory after the arrival of the STS-100 astronaut crew aboard the space shuttle Endeavour on April 21, 2001.

Come Back To Me

NASA

The International Space Station (ISS) awaits the addition of more modules and support elements in this image taken by the STS-114 shuttle crew aboard Discovery Aug. 6, 2005. Discovery and its crew launched on July 26, 2005, more than two years after NASA grounded its shuttle fleet following the Columbia disaster. Discovery is slated to again visit the ISS during STS-121, a second test flight scheduled to visit the station no earlier than May 2006. The next construction flight – STS-115 – is slated to launch later.

Back In Action

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A trio of space shuttle flights resumed construction of the International Space Station following delays related to the 2003 Columbia accident. In September, spacewalkers installed a massive pair of trusses and two broad solar wings to power the station. A December mission launched to rewire the outpost's power grid, install a new truss piece and swap out one station crewmember.

Goodbye, Columbus

NASA

Backdropped by a blue and white Earth, the International Space Station is seen from the shuttle Atlantis as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation on Feb. 18, 2008. The European Columbus lab is visible jutting from the ISS at upper right

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