The International Space Station was finished a century and a half after the idea of a space station was born, but it wasn't NASA's first attempt at a massive, multi-national orbital outpost. Space Station Freedom was, but more than that, it was the cornerstone of the first President Bush's unrealized long-term plan to send humans to Mars.
For more on space stations before the ISS, and to see how Freedom fits into the whole story, check out the latest article over on Vintage Space.
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