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  • 'Spectacular' Views of Space Station This Weekend

    Over the 4th of July weekend, Americans will have "spectacular views" of the International Space Station as it makes several passes over the country, NASA said Tuesday.

    The space station orbits Earth every 90 minutes in a constantly changing pattern. It is brighter than any stars in the sky right now, typically visible near dawn and just after dusk, weather permitting.

    SPACE.com -- NASA: Expect 'Spectacular' Views of Space Station This Weekend

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    Looks like the end is in the near future:

    Space Station Is Near Completion, Maybe the End

    Plan to 'De-Orbit' in 2016 Is Criticized

    <TABLE id=content_column_table style="CLEAR: both; FLOAT: right" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=238 sizset="154" sizcache="0"><TBODY sizset="154" sizcache="0"><TR sizset="154" sizcache="0"><TD width=10></TD><TD width=228 sizset="154" sizcache="0"> The international space station, as seen from the space shuttle Discovery. The station is scheduled to be completed next year, then returned to Earth in 2016. (Courtesy Of Nasa)
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    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>By Joel Achenbach
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Monday, July 13, 2009

    A number of times in recent weeks a bright, unblinking light has appeared in the night sky of the nation's capital: a spaceship. Longer than a football field, weighing 654,000 pounds, the spaceship moved swiftly across the heavens and vanished.


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