|Working with a manned space program is like walking into a toy shop for tech-minded geeks. Star City and Houston are packed with fascinating pieces of technology, some of it brand new, some of it very historical. The Soyuz was designed in the early 1960's, the Russian segment of the ISS was based on Mir, designed in the 1980's, and the US segment was mostly designed in the 1990's, so we have to work with multiple generations of space hardware. And some of the specialists out here in Russia are very comfortable using the same equipment that they developed Sputnik with in the 1950's. Here are some examples.