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Tuesday, 1 May, 2001, 14:40 GMT 15:40 UK
Space station takes shape

As astronauts assemble the International Space Station (ISS), BBC News Online follows the progress of what will become a permanent manned presence in space, providing a testbed for new technologies.
1 May 2001

Dennis Tito was speaking from the ISS
Dennis Tito was speaking from the ISS

Dennis Tito speaks from the International Space Station about his experiences in space. The 60-year-old who is fulfilling a lifetime's ambition to go into orbit admitted to feeling quite queasy during his flight to the platform but advised those who can afford it to try it.

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30 April 2001

Space tourist  Dennis Tito
Space tourist Dennis Tito

The world's first space tourist, Californian businessman Dennis Tito, enters the International Space Station - the climax of his 40-year dream. Mr Tito and two Russian cosmonauts, floated through a hatch into the space station, shortly after their Soyuz spacecraft docked.

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The Soyuz booster rocket blasts off
The Soyuz booster rocket blasts off

28 April 2001

The Russian Soyuz rocket carrying Mr Tito and two cosmonauts on the historic trip blasts-off successfully from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, going into orbit around the earth nine minutes after take-off.

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Space tourist, Dennis Tito, preparing for his journey
Space tourist, Dennis Tito, preparing for his journey

27 April 2001

American millionaire Dennis Tito makes history as the world's first paying space tourist, donating 20 million dollars for the ride. Meanwhile, Moscow declines Nasa's request to delay the mission until the International Space Station is fixed.

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The crew on board are not said to be in danger
The crew on board are not said to be in danger

26 April 2001

Communications with the International Space Station are working again after a software problem stopped direct contact. Nasa was unable to communicate with the station's three computers. As a result, the ISS was held in automatic control.

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The Big Arm was attached over the course of two space walks
The Big Arm was attached over the course of two space walks

25 April 2001

Astronauts from the space shuttle Endeavour complete the delicate process of attaching the massive robot arm to the ISS. The $1bn arm is critical to the continued development of the space station and will act as a high-tech construction crane.

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Endeavour's launch went without a hitch
Endeavour's launch went without a hitch

19 April 2001

The US space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida carrying a giant robotic arm for the International Space Station. Endeavour's crew includes the first European Space Agency astronaut to visit the ISS, Italian astronaut Umberto Guidoni.

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Astronauts open the hatch from the shuttle to the space station
Astronauts open the hatch from the shuttle to the space station

10 March 2001

The space shuttle successfully docks with the ISS enabling new crew and fresh supplies to be unloaded. The link up was hindered by a communications failure.

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Astronauts secure the mast with bolts
Astronauts secure the mast with bolts

4 December, 2000

Astronauts successfully attached two giant solar wings to the space station in a marathon space walk. The solar arrays, which span 73 metres, form part of the largest structure ever deployed in space.

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Endeavour, seen from the space station, back-dropped against the Earth
Endeavour, seen from the space station, back-dropped against the Earth

Sunday, 3 December, 2000

The space shuttle Endeavour docks with the ISS, setting the stage for the deployment of the largest solar power system ever taken into space. The docking occurred more than 370 kilometres above central Asia.

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Cosmonaut Yuri Gidzenko, bottom centre, and commander Bill Shepherd
Cosmonaut Yuri Gidzenko, bottom centre, and commander Bill Shepherd

Thursday, 2 November, 2000

An American astronaut, William Shepherd, and two Russian cosmonauts, Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko, board the space station to become the platform's first long-term residents.

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A TV camera on the shuttle Discovery pictured the docked space station in May 1999.
A TV camera on the shuttle Discovery pictured the docked space station in May 1999.

Sunday, 6 December, 1998

The first two components of the ISS, the cylindrical modules Zarya and Unity, are linked together by the space shuttle Endeavour.

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Specialists at Mission Control watch a display from a camera attached to the Zvezda living module
Specialists at Mission Control watch a display from a camera attached to the Zvezda living module

Friday, 20 November, 1998

Space officials from 16 nations announced their satisfaction with the way the first stage of the new ISS was delivered into orbit. A Proton rocket, carrying the Zarya module, blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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