The Bringer of Power: Remembering STS-97, OTD in 2000

As @NASA celebrates #SpaceStation20th anniversary, we look back on STS-97, the mission which turned @Space_Station from just another big spacecraft into one of the brightest objects in the sky. […]

'Good Luck to the Building': 15 Years Since STS-97 Powered-Up the Space Station (Part 2)

By the end of his third EVA on STS-97, Joe Tanner had accrued over 33 hours of spacewalking time, counting his prior experience servicing the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

For more than a decade, we grew used to the sight of shuttles approaching to dock at the […]

'The First Shuttle Ever to Bounce': 15 Years Since STS-97 Powered-Up the Space Station (Part 1)

Fifteen years ago, next week, STS-97 installed the first set of U.S.-built solar arrays, radiators and batteries onto the International Space Station (ISS), transforming it into the brightest artificial object in Earth’s skies. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Fifteen years ago, next week, power—in the form of two immense, electricity-generating solar arrays, […]

'We Can Do This': 15 Years Since Expedition 1 Opened the Doors to the International Space Station (Part 2)

The Expedition 1 crew (from left) of Yuri Gidzenko, Bill Shepherd and Sergei Krikalev spent more than 136 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS) during their 140-day mission between October 2000-March 2001. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifteen years ago, tomorrow, the first team of astronauts and cosmonauts arrived at the infant International Space […]

Two More NASA Astronauts Leave Agency

With the recent departure of NASA astronauts Brent Jett and Clayton Anderson, NASA’s abilities to conduct some of its requirements may be impacted. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA has lost two more veteran astronauts, including the head of the space agency’s Flight Crew Operations Directorate. The first of the astronauts to leave was Brent […]