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The International Space Station

Backdropped by black space and the thin line of Earth's atmosphere, the International Space Station is seen from Space Shuttle Discovery as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation near the end of the STS-119 mission in March 2009.


Earlier the STS-119 and Expedition 18 crews worked together for nearly 10 days on the Shuttle and ISS.


Europe is working in partnership with the United States, Russia, Japan and Canada to build and operate the International Space Station - one of the greatest international projects of all time. Once completed, the 450-tonne ISS will have more than 1200 cubic metres of pressurised space - enough room for a crew of six and a vast array of scientific experiments.


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Credit: NASA (S119-E-010500)


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Taken on March 25, 2009