This month, the International Space Station marked an achievement for all humankind – 20 years of humans continuously orbiting Earth.
In the 2000s, I worked as a NASA spokesperson for the ISS program. Alongside colleagues from the international partnership, we worked missions outside Moscow and launches in Kazakhstan, negotiated plans in Paris and found our way through a shuttle tragedy. It was always powerful to see nations – even those that were sometimes adversaries – come together to dream, build and problem-solve.
The ISS was never the destination, but a stepping-stone. Here’s hoping it leads not only to more exploration, but more cooperation.
– Melissa Mathews, The Engineering 100