International space station grows as Destiny lab opened

Monday, February 12, 2001 at 1:00am

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A lever was turned, a hatch opened, and just like that, the International Space Station yesterday became the roomiest spacecraft ever to fly, thanks to the addition of a $1.4 billion science module named Destiny.

Now with four modules where astronauts can work, eat and sleep, the station has more habitable space than the Russian Mir, built in the 1980s, the U.S. Skylab, launched in the 1970s, or the two-story crew compartment of a U.S. space shuttle.


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