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Venturestar/ISS
Venturestar docks to ISS, 1994 Concept. Lockheed-Martin's "Aeroballistic Rocket" spaceplane -- now called Venturestar -- docks with the Space Station. This 1994 illustration shows what the "Alpha" International Space Station would look like, without Russian modules.
Credit: NASA via Marcus Lindroos

Flight delayed, then completely reorganized with a different crew and different orbiter after the Columbia disaster. STS-120 would have delivered to the station the second of three station connecting modules, Node 2, on ISS Assembly mission ISS-10A.

Launched: 2004-02-19. Number crew: 5 .

This would be attached to the end of the US Lab and provide attach locations for the Japanese laboratory, European laboratory, the Centrifuge Accommodation Module and later Multipurpose Logistics Modules.

The future primary docking location for the shuttle would then be a pressurized mating adapter attached to Node 2. With this mission the redefined ISS US Core would have been completed. However due to budget cutbacks it would still not have been able to sustain the six-person crew required for full science missions.



People: Sellers, Halsell, Foreman, Lawrence, Poindexter, Wilson. Spacecraft: Space Shuttle.

2004 February 19 - .

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