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The International Space Station Expands Again

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The International Space Station Expands Again


Explanation:

The developing
International Space Station (ISS) has changed its appearance again.

Last month, the
Space Shuttle orbiter
Atlantis visited the
ISS and added components that included the
Columbus Science Laboratory.

The entire array of expansive solar panels is visible in
this picture taken by
the Atlantis Crew after
leaving the
ISS
to return to Earth.

The world's foremost
space outpost
can be seen developing over the past several years
by comparing the
above image
to
past
images.

Also visible above are many
different types of modules, a robotic
arm, another impressive set of
solar panels, and a supply ship.

Construction began on the ISS in 1998.



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