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The International Space Station

Building for the Future

  • Covers in great detail for the first time the construction and occupation of the International Space Station from 2002 to 2008

  • Includes the recent delivery and installation of the final piece of U.S. hardware, Node-2, and all European and Japanese hardware

  • Explains the impact of the tragic loss of Columbia on the ISS and the American space program in general

  • Introduces the return to the Moon Ares-1 launch vehicle and Orion spacecraft as they are involved in the ISS program


Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Pages 1-28
  3. Pages 109-230
  4. Pages 339-347
  5. Pages 349-352
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 353-389

About this book


A comprehensive, highly readable account of complex, technical, political and human endeavor and a worthy successor to Creating the International Space Station (Springer Praxis, January 2002) by David Harland and John Catchpole. This volume details for the first time the construction and occupation of the International Space Station from 2002 through to 2008, when it should reach American “Core Complete”.


ISS history NASA engineering space space hardware space programs space shuttle spaceflight

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.GosportUK

About the authors

John Catchpole is a freelance writer specialising in human spaceflight history. In addition to co-authoring Creating the International Space Station, he is also the author of Project Mercury - NASA's First Manned Space Programme and has published over 150 magazine articles on the subject of human spaceflight and spaceflight history, including many in Spaceflight, a monthly magazine published by the British Interplanetary Society.

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From the reviews:

“This new volume picks up the story with the launch of STS-108 which delivered the Expedition 4 crew to the station in December 2001. … given readers a good, detailed account of the missions and the construction activity, and the various problems inevitably encountered, which the crews and their support teams on Earth overcame. There are a good number of photos from the missions … . Several appendices give a comprehensive list of acronyms used … . All in all, a useful book … .” (David Maclennan, Liftoff, Issue 260, November-December, 2010)