back to article In Space, Still: 20 years since Russia hurled first bit of floating astronaut hostel into orbit

The International Space Station turned 20 this week as space agencies and 'nauts alike celebrated the anniversary of the launch of the first module of the ISS. The Functional Cargo Block (FGB) was launched on 20 November, 1998, signifying the start of ISS assembly. Also known as "Zarya" ("Dawn" in Russian) in reference to …

  1. Voyna i Mor Silver badge

    Re: 5 of those with one BFR

    You can't sell NASA to foreign governments, but you can sell arms.

    US weapons exports increased dramatically from 2016 to 2017 (no idea why) reaching over $12 billion. Launching stuff in the US even involves buying foreign rocket motors. Sad.

  2. Aqua Marina Silver badge

    Re: 5 of those with one BFR

    “The could have rolled out 5 saturn 5 rockets, and used those to launch the entire thing....”

    Better still they could just roll out 5 of the Saturn 5s, send them up, dock them altogether and make a huge giant Skylab!

    *for you young ones, the Saturn 5 was so powerful it was able to reach orbit without needing fully fuelling. So they converted part of the rocket unused fuel tank into a space station, that effectively launched itself into orbit becoming Skylab. Suggest you google the videos of it. It was so big they could fly around the inside with jet packs!

  3. Anonymous South African Coward Silver badge
    Happy

    Skyhooks

    Willy Wonka ought've patented 'em.

  4. jake Silver badge

    Re: Skyhooks

    I believe that would be Mr. Abdul-Jabbar's territory

  5. arctic_haze Silver badge

    We need ISS in orbit just to have an argument against the growing flat earth fallacy which claims there is no space. Now everybody can see it by naked eye and even see its silhouette using a small amateur-class telescope.

    With no ISS, even more people will believe there is no gravity, stars hang on a glass firmament and the Earth pancake is surrounded by an impenetrable ice wall.

  6. Tigra 07 Silver badge
    Joke

    RE: arctic_haze

    "With no ISS, even more people will believe there is no gravity, stars hang on a glass firmament and the Earth pancake is surrounded by an impenetrable ice wall"

    What about those of us who believe the Earth rests on the back of a giant galactic turtle?

  7. Geekpride

    Re: RE: arctic_haze

    You can ask the astronauts to wave to Great A'Tuin as they go by.

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