Space flight, 2000
Weil, Jonathan F. Senior Staff Editor, "McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology," McGraw-Hill Education, New York, New York.
Blumel, David Senior Staff Editor, "McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology," McGraw-Hill Education, New York, New York.
- International Space Station
- STS 101
- STS 106
- STS 92
- Soyuz TM-31
- STS 97
- United States Space Activities
- Space shuttle
- Advanced transportation systems activities
- Space sciences and astronomy
- Earth science
- Department of Defense activities
- Commercial space activities
- Russian Space Activities
- Space station Mir
- Russian commercial activities
- European Space Activities
- Asian Space Activities
- Additional Readings
The year 2000 was marked by milestones for some major programs in the field of space flight, and the conclusion of other programs that had made outstanding contributions over the past decade. In the future, the millennial year may be remembered for the beginning of the era of permanent human habitation in space, when the International Space Station was occupied by a resident flight crew. As the International Space Station progressed toward research capability, the Russian space station Mir, in orbit since 1986, was visited by a crew for the last time. Also completing its mission was the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory, which was deorbited in June after 9 years of groundbreaking observations. A new era began in x-ray astronomy, as the Chandra X-ray Observatory, orbited by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), carried out its first full year of observations and was joined by the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton observatory. Together they coordinated observations of objects out to the edge of the visible universe.
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