Space station building overruns by years

As construction sites go, the International Space Station faces greater challenges than most. The satellite orbits the earth every 90 minutes, at a distance of 220 miles from the earth’s surface.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  December 11, 2003

As construction sites go, the International Space Station faces greater challenges than most. The satellite orbits the earth every 90 minutes, at a distance of 220 miles from the earth’s surface. It was originally expected to cost US $30 billion for a construction capable of housing only seven people. As with so many major construction projects, the International Space Station has suffered several financial overruns and building delays. The latest news from NASA is that the station will take at least two years longer than even its most recent estimates because of the Columbia Space Shuttle accident. NASA leaders have given reporters a look at the remaining parts of the space station to be launched, and explained how much harder it will be in the post-Columbia era. In the Space Station Processing Building are 92 tons of space station labs and structure that still need a shuttle ride to orbit. A top space station manager said it will take until at least February 2006 to get all the US-built hardware into space and another two years beyond that to get Japanese- and European-built labs added on.

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