NASA HISTORY: First Human Assembly Mission to the International Space Station Began with Mission STS-88

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spacewalk lasted 7-hours, 21-minutes

The largest international space project in history began with mission STS-88, the first human assembly mission to the International Space Station. (NASA image)

(NASA) – The largest international space project in history began with mission STS-88, the first human assembly mission to the International Space Station.

Prior to this mission, the Zarya Control Module had been launched into orbit by a Russian Proton-K rocket.

STS-88’s primary objective was to rendezvous with Zarya and attach the Unity Node, which would serve as the central connecting point for later U.S. station modules and components.

During a 7-hour, 21-minute spacewalk OTD in 1998, astronauts Jerry Ross and Jim Newman successfully connected the two modules.

The STS-88 crew snapped this photo of the fledgling station later in the mission.

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