June 30, 2021
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NASA Important Timeline
Timeline of NASA
⟶ Updated 6 Feb 2020 ⟶
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President Ronald Reagan's State of the Union Address directs NASA to build an international space station within the next 10 years.
The first segment of the ISS launches: a Russian proton rocket named Zarya ("sunrise").
Unity, the first U.S.-built component of the International Space Station launches—the first Space Shuttle mission dedicated to assembly of the station.
Astronaut Bill Shepherd and cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev become the first crew to reside onboard the station, staying several months.
Destiny, the U.S. Laboratory module, becomes part of the station. Destiny continues to be the primary research laboratory for U.S. payloads.
Congress designates the U.S. portion of the ISS as the nation's newest national laboratory to maximize its use for other U.S. government agencies and for academic and private institutions.
The European Space Agency’s Columbus Laboratory becomes part of the station.
The first Japanese Kibo laboratory module becomes part of the station.
The ISS celebrates its 10-year anniversary of continuous human occupation. Since Expedition 1 in the fall of 2000, 202 people had visited the station.
NASA issues a cooperative agreement notice for a management partner.
NASA selects the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space to manage the ISS National Lab.
Proteins can be grown as crystals in space with nearly perfect three-dimensional structures useful for the development of new drugs. The ISS National Lab's protein crystal growth (PCG) series of flights began in 2013, allowing researchers to utilize the unique environment of the ISS.
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