December 2006: Constructing the International Space Station
NASA astronaut Robert Curbeam works on the International Space Station's S1 truss during the space shuttle Discovery's STS-116 mission in December 2006. European Space Agency astronaut Christer Fuglesang (out of frame) was his partner in the 6-hour, 36-minute spacewalk. During Discovery's mission to the station, the STS-116 crew continued construction of the orbital outpost over the course of four spacewalks. Selected by NASA in December 1994, Curbeam reported to the Johnson Space Center in March 1995. In 2007, President George W. Bush recognized Curbeam and fellow astronaut Joan Higginbotham, during a ceremony honoring African American History Month, on February 12, 2007. Curbeam and Higginbotham were crewmates on Discovery's STS-116 mission, the first shuttle mission with two African-American crew members. NASA/UPI
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