ISS/Alpha/Freedom - Spreading Its Wings At Last

Editor's note: Some of the pictures coming back from space today have a special significance for me, and, as I correctly anticipated, a number of my friends who have also worked on the space station program over the years - regardless of which name it is/was called. As far back as the late 1980s, the image we were working toward in all of our minds, was a large, symmetrical stucture - like a giant gossamer dragonfly, swooping through space. Until today, the station's wings always seemed to be wrong - stunted or folded - with everything taking on a tentative look and feel. With this shuttle flight the space station now looks the way many of us have always envisioned it - a thing of beauty - and potential.

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