• Question: how was iss first launched into space

    Asked by Rowhyn to Vinita, Kirsty, Col Op, Charlie ๐Ÿš€, Andrea on 17 Jun 2016.
    • Photo: Columbus Operations

      Columbus Operations answered on 17 Jun 2016:

      Joao: The ISS was built in space. Module by module! Its assembly started in 1998 and actually we never quite stopped assemblying it. Every now and again, a new module is added or something is modified on the station. The latest module was the BEAM, an inflatable module using a new technology that might allow us to start using these type of modules:

    • Photo: Andrea Boyd

      Andrea Boyd answered on 17 Jun 2016:

      The first module Zarya was launched by a Proton rocket in 1998. After that there was one more Proton but mostly it was a combination of Soyuz and Space Shuttle that brought up the rest of the pieces from 1998 – 2011.