Did you expect CERN’s new LHC particle accelerator to produce breakthrough science while it was being built? Probably not, but many question the usefulness or effectiveness of the International Space Station for scientific research based on what it could accomplish during its assembly and checkout phase.

From what I hear about this issue, I often get the impression that not much is known on what was done on ISS and what its operational constraints were in its early years. In mid 2009 NASA finally published a report that provides some basic facts and data on the research activities and science output of ISS: International Space Station Science Research Accomplishments During the Assembly Years: An Analysis of Results from 2000-2008.

Highly recommended.