NASA astronaut and International Space Station (ISS) Expedition One Commander, William "Bill" Shepherd, built this table during the first ISS mission from components that he found on board the Russian Service Module in 2001. The table is a workstation built for Shepherd's personal use during his long-duration stay on board the space station. This was the first object that NASM acquired from the ISS program. The story behind the construction of the table adds a unique dimension to the history of human space exploration. Bill Shepherd improvised the table with space parts. This improvisation demonstrates the continued need for invention in the closed environment of a space station.
NASA transferred this table to the museum.
Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.