Synopsis by Sarah Ing
The International Space Station proves that man's quest to live in space is far from over. Nova accompanies the decades-long project as it completes its latest mission -- delivery of the Russian service module. Begun in the early 1980s, the ISS was constructed as an international haven for stellar research. It was planned to cover two football fields and weigh a million pounds. When completed, the ISS will have room for living, study, and storage. Fourteen countries are involved in the production and the cost is estimated at $50 billion. Nova focuses on the shuttle voyage to place the service module in orbit. The success of the entire ISS depends on a victorious deployment. Nova documents all aspects of the mission, from the risky flight to the possible long-term consequences of a completed International Space Station.
astronomy, Russia, space-station