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Get to know the first International team to live aboard the station!
 
Crew 1

Astronaut William M. Shepherd (captain, U.S. Navy)
Expedition commander
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Cosmonaut Yuri Gidzenko (colonel, Russian air force)
Soyuz vehicle commander
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Cosmonaut Sergei Konstantinovich Krikalev
Flight engineer
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Training Underwater
Watch howastronauts at Johnson Space Center train underwater to learn how to perform space walk maneuvers.
 
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Sixteen countries from around the world are collaborating on the International Space Station. These international partners are as follows:
  • United States
  • Russia
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Brazil
  • European Space Agency (Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)
     
    The United States and Russia are leading the effort?an incredible partnership considering that until a decade ago, these countries were bitter rivals in space exploration. But every country is making a unique contribution to the ISS?from the laboratories where cutting-edge research will be conducted to the robotic ?arm? that will help assemble and maintain the exterior of the station.
     
    Once the components are launched into orbit, the real builders are the astronauts and cosmonauts who are risking their lives to complete the assembly in space. After new modules are docked with the space station, crew members will perform dangerous space walks on the exterior of the station to connect wires, deploy antennas, and complete other maintenance tasks. In the hostile environment of space, one mistake could be deadly. For every hour spent on a space walk, the astronauts have trained 10 hours underwater-?the closest thing on Earth to a weightless environment.
     
    The first full-time crew moved into the space station on November 2, 2000. For the next few years, three-person crews will be living aboard the Zvezda module. But a larger component for living quarters, the U.S. habitation module, is scheduled for 2005. Once this module is connected with the station, a crew of up to seven people can live and work aboard the station at one time.

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