It’s taken thirteen years and somewhere between $35 billion and $100 billion but today marks the day that the International Space Station has officially completed construction.
The final official piece to the Space Station was the laser-equipped extension boom for the station’s robot arm.
Even the ‘officially completed’ stamp is now on the space station that doesn’t mean that it won’t see more things being added over the coming years with the Russians planning on adding another science module called Nauka in 2012. Additionally there is talk of things like inflatable habitats and something called the VASIMIR thruster, meant to help the space station hold it’s altitude.
To celebrate the DVICE blog has put together a bit of an image gallery of the space station from which I picked my few favorites.