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Zvezda the Service Module


The three stage Proton launched Zvezda module Service Module is the Cornerstone of Russian International Space Station Modules. The Service Module is the first fully Russian contribution to the International Space Station and has served as the early cornerstone for the first human habitation of the station. It was launched unpiloted on July 11, 2000 as the third station component to reach orbit, docking by remote control with the already orbiting Zarya control module and Unity connecting module at an altitude of about 250 statute miles. The 42,000-pound module, similar in layout to the core module of Russia’s Mir Space Station, has provide the early station living quarters; life support system; electrical power distribution; data processing system; flight control system; and propulsion system. It also provides a communications system that includes remote command capabilities from ground flight controllers.

Zvezda Overview


19,051 kilograms (42,000 pounds)

Launch Window:

10 minutes


29.7 meters (97.5 feet)


July 25, 2000 , 7:45 p.m. CDT


13.1 meters
(43 feet)

Launch to Docking:

13 days,
19 hours,
49 minutes


July 11, 2000 ,
11:56 p.m. CDT


440 kilometers (240 nautical miles)


Russian Proton Rocket


51.6 degrees

Launch Site:

Baikonur Cosmodrome , Kazakhstan



Russian ISS Segement Development Credit NASA & Roskosmos

Russian ISS Segement Development Credit NASA

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