The I.S.S. started by the Zarya and the Unity joined up in 1998. In 2000
Zvezda service module was sent up and attached to the Zarya and the Unity.
Also in 2000 the first crew of the I.S.S. took off in Russia aboard the
Soyuz rocket. Another thing that happened in 2000 was two of the solar
panel wings were sent up. These wings brought power to the I.S.S.
These are all the
rooms and some of the future rooms in the I.S.S. (International Space
Station). First I'm going to talk about the rooms that have already
been made. This room is called the Destiny Laboratory. The Destiny Laboratory
is the centerpiece for U.S. research on the I.S.S. It landed aboard
the shuttle in 2001, and should give scientists good and useful information
for about 10 years. It is 28 ft. long and inside there is room for 24
equipment racks, 13 of these are for experiments, the rest are used
for power such as cooling and life support system.
The Canadarm 2 came
from earth on the Space Shuttle Endeavour. The arm is known as a robot
but is really controlled by a human. The Candarm has many elbows so
its flexibility is at a great level. This mechanical arm helps avoid
The next one I am
going to talk about is called the Columbus Space Laboratory. A group
Europeans built this room. Columbus has a standard amount of rows and
shelves to keep the latest equipment, which includes video and communication
with scientists on earth. Columbus will last about 10 years and while
that time passes important experiments will be carried out.
This is another
room that as built by a group of Europeans except this time leaded by
EADS (European Aeronautic Defense and Space). This room is an ATV (Automated
Transfer Vehicle) that weighs over 45,000 lbs. That's 20.5 tons. The
Jules Verne typical load is water, air tanks and items for experiments.
When the Jules Verne's job is done it will go back to earth and burn
up in the atmosphere.
Node 2 Node 3 and Cupola
Node 2 and 3 are
used to join other models together by using a system of circular airtight
hatches. The same company that constructed Node 2 and 3 are making an
observation dome called Cupola. It will be a six-sided room with an
all around view. The jobs done in Cupola will be observing approaching
spacecrafts, controlling the stations mechanical arm, or studying space
objects for example the earth, sun, stars or planets.
Kibo Research Lab
The Kibo Research
Lab is made up of 4 sections. The biggest section is PM (Pressurized
Module). It is an air filled room where astronauts can work in relaxation.
On top of that is ELM (Experiment Logistics Module that carries important
supplies. In the back there is a porch type thing where experiments
are conducted. A robot arm is also there to conduct experiments to a
further point. It also helps when things get hot.