Timeline: The Evolution of the International Space Station

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The ISS looked this way—with the fourth and final solar panel truss—as the space shuttle Discovery undocked yesterday. It's almost as big as a Corellian corvette, but there's still a long to do list:

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As you can see, it's still not entirely done. This photo timeline shows how the ISS has evolved since assembly started in November 20, 1998.

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But there's still a lot to be done, as you can see in the following list of modules that have to go up there.

• Multi-Purpose Logistics Module — Delivered by the space shuttle.
• Kibo Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility (JEM-EF); Kibo Japanese Experiment Logistics Module - Exposed Section (ELM-ES); and Spacelab Pallet - Deployable 2 (SLP-D2) — Delivered by the space shuttle.
• Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) with European Robotic Arm (ERA) - docked to Zarya nadir port — Delivered by Russian Proton rocket.
• Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM); Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier (LMC); three crew quarters; galley; second Treadmill Vibration Isolation System (TVIS); Crew Health Care System 2 (CHeCS 2). — Delivered by shuttle
• HTV1, Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle. — Delivered by the space shuttle.
• EXPRESS Logistics Carrier 1 (ELC1) and EXPRESS Logistics Carrier 2 (ELC2). — Delivered by the space shuttle.
• Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) and Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier (LMC). — Delivered by the space shuttle.
• EXPRESS Logistics Carrier-3 (ELC-3) and EXPRESS Logistics Carrier-4 (ELC-4). Micrometeoroid Debris panels are installed on Zvezda Service Module and the Zvezda solar arrays are feathered. — Delivered by the space shuttle.
• Node 3 with Cupola (also called the The Colbert). Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 (PMA-3) is relocated from Unity node nadir to Node 2 nadir beforehand. The Cupola is relocated to the forward port of Node 3 after the flight; and PMA- 3 is relocated to the axial port of Node 3 after the flight. — Delivered by the space shuttle.
• EXPRESS Logistics Carrier-5 (ELC-5). Pirs Docking Compartment moves to zenith (top) port of Zvezda Service Module. — Delivered by the space shuttle.
• Research Module which docks to Zvezda Service Module nadir port. — Delivered by Russian Proton rocket.

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alfredaaleus-old
AlfredaAleus

and for all those trillions of dollars they have spent... what has it accomplished. Have they made one advancement or breakthrough from all of those scientific studies? If so then they are keeping it to themselves. I think they would have been better off dumping all that money into figuring out how to get stuff into space cheaper and safer.