The first shuttle mission to assemble large elements of the International Space Station will require precision flying, extensive robotics and orbital construction to join and outfit the station's initial U.S. and Russian modules. Shuttle Mission 88, set for launch this week, ``easily ranks up there in complexity with any of the more difficult shuttle missions we have ever flown,'' said Bob Castle, the lead flight director at Johnson Space Center. The orbiter Endeavour and its ...

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