LOW EARTH OR­BIT: 15 YEARS AND NO VA­CAN­CIES

Air & Space Smithsonian - - Forecast -

Hu­man­ity’s lone per­ma­nent out­post in space, the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion, has hosted as­tro­nauts con­tin­u­ously for the past 15 years. Three fea­tures in a spe­cial report ex­am­ine…

■ The Rus­sian Side What have the cos­mo­nauts been up to?

■ In­flat­able Habi­tat Can space­craft be made of fab­ric in­stead of alu­minum?

■ Space Sta­tion ER What hap­pens when an as­tro­naut re­quires surgery in space?

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