There are 2 versions of this one... I'll just deal with the factual side of things and leave the speculative to someone else.

NASA has a $1.4 billion, 15-ton laboratory named Destiny that is set for launch on Feb. 7, 2001 on board the space shuttle Atlantis.

NASA's Destiny laboratory will form the scientific cornerstone of the international space station and is the first of at least three lab modules planned for Alpha.

Destiny is the most expensive piece of the international space station, a $100 billion venture of the United States, Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada.

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