Is Space Station Alpha the Same as the ISS?
For e-Mission: Space Station Alpha, Mission
Control uses an early phase in the construction of the International
Space Station. Before its completion, the International Space Station
might go through 108 different configurations. Following Flight 102
STS-98 on February 7, 2001, the International Space Station consisted
of four linked modules: the Functional Cargo Block, or Zarya, the
service module called Zvezda, a node called Unity, and the United
States Laboratory, Destiny. The Z1 Truss segment and the P6 Solar
Array were attached to these modules.
On our website, the ISS becomes Space Station Alpha, a simplified
version of the real thing. To help your specialist teams achieve success,
this website contains everything you need. Of course, you will need
to provide your own ingenuity, creativity, and mathematical and scientific
abilities. If your curiosity leads you to other websites that contain
information on the Space Station, make sure you adapt what you learn
there to the "reality" we are calling Space Station Alpha.
Space Station Alpha could be your
If your application is accepted, you will
be linked live to our staff at Mission Control. Your e-Mission will
take place during the dangerous solar upheavals of February 14, 2001,
just after the space shuttle was launched to deliver a new crew into
space. The e-Mission: Space Station Alpha website has been carefully
constructed to help new Mission Specialists prepare for their e-Mission.
Tour of SSA: