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International Space Station seen from the departing Space Shuttle Discovery during mission STS-92. This mission added new modules to the ISS. The modules are seen here: the Z1 Truss module and its antenna at upper centre, and the Pressurised Mating Adapter (PMA-3), a docking port, at lower centre. The ISS is a collaboration between NASA, ESA, the Russian space agency, Canada, Japan and Brazil. When complete, it will be over four times larger than Mir, the Russian space station, and over 100 metres in length. It will orbit at an altitude of 400 kilometres. It is hoped to be completed in 2004.
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