First module of international space station launched

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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.

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