Without this space wonder we, as an earthbound civilization, would not have worked together, living off-planet as one family, in our orbital outpost. I had the
privilege to live and work aboard the ISS for twenty-three days—twenty-three
days I will never forget. I first flew to space on the Shuttle Atlantis in February
2008. The mission was STS-122, and after Atlantis flawlessly docked with the
ISS, I used her Canadian robotic arm to install the Columbus Laboratory
from the cargo bay, growing the station by one more research module.