Happy Birthday ISS
The International Space Station turns 15 today. On Nov. 2, 2000, the space station became operational in Earth's orbit. In Scientific American today, the orbiting station's first commander, astronaut Bill Shepherd and cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko boarded the floating platform as its inaugural crew. Shepherd had had, at that point, at total of 18 days in outer space. His Russian comrades, thankfully, had had much, much, more time in orbit aboard Mir. According to Shepherd: "Our first day was extremely hectic. ... Finding equipment, getting the right procedures out, and getting through the first day was extremely hectic. It went okay, not without incident, but fortunately no major ones. ... It was kind of like trying to build a house and live in it at the same time."

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