On this day, in 1998, the first module of the international space station was launched. It provided propulsion, attitude control, communications, electrical power, but lacked long-term life support functions. Since the arrival of Expedition 1 on 2 November 2000, the station has been continuously occupied for 13 years and 18 days, currently the longest continuous human presence in space.
- International Space Station Turns 15 (sys-con.com)
- Agencies to mark space station anniversary (metronews.ca)
- Celebrating 15 Years Since the Sunrise (spacefellowship.com)