The beauty of standards, says an old computer anectode, is that there are so many to choose from. Case in point, the International Space Station currently uses three types of docking ports, all incompatible with each other. To add to the confusion, China is coming out with its own design, too.
To fix this issue, engineers from Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States have come together to create the International Docking Standard for spaceships. And while we don't really have the kind of starships we're used to seeing in television, the standardization should not only facilitate emergency rescues but be a first step towards interoperability.
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