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  1. STS-106 September 8, 2000 With Progress M1-3 and Zvezda now attached to the orbital outpost, the crew of STS-106 could now make their voyage to the ISS. Due to the delays with Zvezda STS-106 is actually half of the original mission, with STS-101 being the other half. The primary objective of STS-106 was to fully connect and activate Zvezda. Though attached, Zvezda required electrical and other connection to the rest of the station. In addition to this Zvezda was launched partial empty due to payload weight limitations of the Proton launch vehicle, and the equipment already in Zvezda was in launched stowage conditions and needed to be unpacked. STS-106 also carried the SPACEHAB double module filled supplies for the station and were transferred over the days the Shuttle was attached. STS-106 flown by Atlantis had crew of seven, and stood by for launch on Launch Pad 39-B on September 8th 2000, at 8:45 in the morning. Astronauts Ed Lu and Yuri Malenchenko conducted a 6 hour space walk with the primary task of making external connections between Zvezda and the rest of the ISS. After EVA procedures the crew continued work to ready Zvezda and the rest of the ISS for future missions before they departed. Atlantis landed on Runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center in the early hours of September 20th. With Zvezda active the ISS is one step closer to being ready to host a permanent crew. This means a lot ! It's a lot of work and research to get stuff looking right but its definitely worth the time! Thanks again for the kind words and I'm glad you're enjoying it! With Zvezda, ISS construction could ramp up, and the last piece of the puzzle needed for the start of permanent inhabitation of space would be the Z-1 truss and PMA-3. Up Next, STS-92!
  2. This is so exciting! I love the look of the H-II & HTV and I cant wait to give them the o'le screenshot treatments! Fuji is such a wonderfuly odd design! Its a shame it never materialized IRL. I'm excited to watch this develop over time!
  3. Zvezda or DOS-8 in orbit Just a reminder that Zvezda launched on a proton with advertising from Pizza Hut. IMO, Zvezda is the Star of the Russian Orbital Segment.
  4. Zvezda 12 July, 2000 Zvezda meaning "Star" in English was the third module of the ISS. Containing Life Support systems, work areas, and living quarters, Zvezda became the main module of the early station. Of the design of the Durable Orbital Station or DOS, Zvezda has a storied past in its design, making various appearances as the Salyut's 1, 4, 6, 7 stations and the Mir Core Module. Zvezda has 3 main compartments, The Work, Assembly, and Transfer Compartments. The work compartment was the main area where the crew would live and work and comprised most of the module. The Assembly compartment is surrounding the Aft docking port with various pieces of exposed equipment such as antennae. Finally, the transfer compartment contains 3 docking port in a smaller spherical section. This area can also serve as an airlock and was used once on Expedition 2. Zvezda had many delays before launch and NASA had significant concerns for the station. Due to economic instability in Russia Zvezda had no backup and if Roscosmos could not deliver Zvezda to the ISS in time or if it were destroyed on launch the station would be in serious trouble. NASA had designed the Interim Control Module if such scenarios occurred. After serval delays Zvezda stood on the pad on top of the Proton rocket. This particular rocket is special because it had advertising for Pizza Hut displayed on the side of the rockets fuselage. Zvezda lifted off from Site 81 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. After reaching orbit, Zvezda tweaked its orbit and Rendezvoused with the ISS two weeks later. Zvezda became the third ISS module on July 26, 2000. After many delays the Station could finally proceed forward with its construction. But first Russia had one more thing they needed to launch to the growing station. Up Next, Progress M1-3!
  5. Been working fine for me! I’ve also got the dev branch at the moment so I’d say proceed with caution as always with modding with dev branches but I’ll reiterate I’ve had no problems so far!
  6. STS-96 May 27, 1999. Since Endeavour left, looming in orbit alone for 167 days, the ISS sat waiting for its next arrival. That arrival would come in the form of Discovery. Carrying the US crane, Orbital Transfer Device, the Russian STRELA crane and cargo for the ISS in the SPACEHAB Double Module, STS-96 would continue to work on the ISS, preparing it for its first permeant crewed missions. Space Shuttle Discovery sat at Pad 39-B waiting to lift off at dawn carrying the various Shuttle related experiments and a Satellite to deploy after ISS operations had completed. After docking the crew spent time moving cargo to and from the ISS and preparing for the only space walk planned for STS-96. Consisting of Tamara Jernigan and Daniel Barry, they were responsible for mounting, among other hardware, STRELA and the OTU to the side of the ISS. Eventually after the 5 days and 18 hours docked, Discovery departed the ISS. After deploying a satellite Discovery began preparing for reentry and landing. Discovery landed at Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility. The ISS would remain alone for nearly a year before the next mission. Up Next, STS-101.
  7. STS-96 May 27, 1999 STS-96 was the second crewed mission to the ISS. Following STS-88 Discovery, would fly with her crew of 7 to the orbital outpost and continue work to build it out. Carried on this mission were various components that were meant to be added to the exterior of the station to aid in its construction. Several tons of cargo was carried as well by The SPACEHAB Double Module. In addition the Shuttle Vibration Forces Experiment was carried for the second time and was active for the first 100 seconds of flight. The Orbiter Integrated Vehicle Health Monitoring HEDS Technology Demonstration or IVHM-HTD was carried to help make decisions on potential upgrades to the Orbiter. Last but not least, Discovery carried STARSHINE. A satellite that was designed to be tracked on the ground by students across the Earth via its highly reflective surface. Discovery would wait until dawn and lift off from Pad 39-B and begin her mission. The only EVA of STS-96 consisted of crew members Tamara Jernigan and Daniel Barry. They were tasked with installing, among other things, the Russian STRELA cargo crane and the US cargo crane, the Orbital Transfer Device. At the time, this EVA was the second longest ever recorded. Discovery touched down at SLF Runway 15 at 2 AM EDT after her 9 day mission. Discovery spent nearly 6 days docked to the ISS. Afterwards, Discovery would be refurbished and reflown as STS-103 and service The Hubble Space Telescope. The early mission to the ISS are fun to make! Also the part count is less so that makes it better. More missions coming soon!
  8. Zarya November 20, 1998. Zarya meaning Dawn in English, also known as the Functional Cargo Block or FGB is the first module of the ISS. Based on the TKS spacecraft design has 2 solar panels, Radiators, RCS thrusters, 2 orbital adjustment engines, and other systems making it the life line for the early station. Zarya has 3 docking ports 2 of the probe and drogue variant of docking port one earth facing, one aft facing and one forward facing APAS-95 docking port. The APAS-95 port would dock with PMA-1 attached to the Unity module. Zarya was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome Site 81 on a Proton rocket. Two weeks after launch STS-88 would launch the Unity module, the first American element of the ISS. In the meantime Zarya would adjust and perfect its orbit in preparation for Unity's arrival. Up Next: STS-88 & Unity
  9. STS-135 July 8, 2011 10 years ago at the day this is released, Atlantis would fly STS-135, the Final Shuttle Mission. STS-134 was the final scheduled mission for the program but Atlantis was stacked to fly as STS-335, a contingency mission what would be flown if STS-134 had a problem which resulted in it being unable to reenter. NASA decided that the fully stacked Atlantis could be flown as STS-135. The smaller crew of 4 was chosen as a result of it being the Final mission with no backup. Due to the small crew size, they could be brought back over time by a series of Soyuz flights. Thus they launched with Sukol space suits and Soyuz seat liners. STS-135 carried the Raffaello MPLM which carried supplies to stock up the ISS one last time using The Shuttle. The Crew of STS-135 consisted of Chris Ferguson, Doug Hurley, Sandra Magnus, and Rex Walheim launched from Pad 39-A at 11:29 AM EDT. Once in orbit, the crew used the Orbital Boom Sensor System to examine the leading edge of the wing to make sure Atlantis was fit for reentry. In addition to using the OBSS, the Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver was performed prior to docking to photograph the Thermal Protection System so personnel on the ground could examine the tile and make sure Atlantis was fit for landing. After docking, Canadarm 2 extracted the MPLM to attatch it to the ISS allowing the combined crews to unload the cargo to the ISS. On flight day 5, during a Space Station EVA, Ron Garan became the last person to do an EVA inside of a Shuttle payload bay For the final mission, The ISS rotated 90 degrees so they could get an alternate for photographs view during fly around. Atlantis also released the final satellite of the Shuttle Program, PicoSat. Atlantis and the Shuttle Program was retired at wheels stop on Runway 15 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at 5:57 EDT, right before sunrise. No person would enter the ISS from the Russian segment until SpaceX's Demo 2 mission where STS-135 crew member Doug Hurly would be the first to enter along side his crewmate, Bob Behnken. STS-135 capped off in my opinion the most exciting NASA program to date. No spacecraft has matched the beauty and grace of the Space Shuttle and it will be a bit until it is eclipsed if ever. On this anniversary of STS-135 I would like to announce ISS Adventures, a sister series to Shuttle Adventures where myself and @lemon cup are recreating every mission and the construction of the ISS. These are two massive projects to run next to each other and I'd appreciate it if you check it out! I'd also like to thank you guys for nominating the thread for TOTM! It means a lot! More missions coming soon!
  10. The Idea: The International Space Station is one of humanities greatest achievements. Like many others I love the ISS, mods and Kerbal Space Program, naturally you would mix all 3. A little over a year ago I began an endeavor to accurately construct the ISS in order and document it on reddit. Since then time has passed and I have vastly improved in my ship creation and screenshot taking skills. I knew when I stopped the first time I'd revisit the idea and now is the time! The goal of this whole thing is to use Kerbal Space Program and a vast library of mods to document every flight to the ISS and its construction in order. Myself and @lemon cup have worked very hard to prepare for this project and we're very excited to start working on documenting the sheer greatness that surrounds the ISS and it's missions! My Inspiration: The idea isn't original and born of several things including another series I created focusing on Shuttle Missions called Shuttle Adventures! These missions are created by not only myself but other like minded Kerbal players. But the Idea isn't mine by any means and I feel inclined to credit those who inspired me, If you like anything I've done you'll certainly enjoy what they've done. @Jay The Amazing Toaster with Kānāwai: Ares to Mars Kevin Gustafson and his amazing among other things ISS & Mir documentaries on Youtube @wingedand his amazing among other things amazing Constellation Mars video And @Zorg for dazzling me with his fantastic screenshots Mods: Since the inception of Shuttle Adventures the mod list has grown slowly over time and I've tried to keep up with updating the mod list. that will be include in the spoiler below the list of highlighted mods. @benjee10 With Redirect, Habtech 2, and SOCK @DylanSemrau With Photon Corp @Beale With Tantares @tony48 With KSRSS & KSRSSVE And the ReStock team with of course Restock
  11. An End of an Era... STS-135 and a special announcement coming soon!
  12. It embodies the spirit Kerbal. It lacks the symmetry (-ish) of the ISS but it’s beauty stems from its functionality based design! A different form of beauty but a form of beauty none the less! Edit: I got really lost! I thought this was now in the thread… turns out it’s 7 years old….
  13. Go for it! I’d love to see it. I think NASA or Lockheed themselves should revisit the idea at some point in the future.
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