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Space Station Manned for 1,000 Days

Jul 29, 2003 - The International Space Station reached a milestone on Tuesday when it reached 1,000 consecutive days of people living and working on board. The first crew arrived at the station on November 2, 2000, and since then there have been seven crews consisting of 10 Americans and 10 Russians. The current residents, Ed Yu and Yuri Malenchenko commemorated the occasion on NASA TV.

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Mars is Close and Getting Closer

Jul 29, 2003 - On August 27, 2003 the planet Mars will be a mere 55.76 million kilometres away from the Earth - the closest it's been in 50,000 years. Visible in the early morning, Mars is the brightest object in the sky, after the Moon and Venus, and almost any small telescope will be able to show details on the planet's surface. Make sure you enjoy Mars' close approach this summer, as it won't make another visit this close for nearly 300 years.

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New satellite Image of the Aral Sea

Jul 29, 2003 - A new image taken by the European Space Agency's Envisat satellite shows how much the Aral Sea has evaporated. Located in Central Asia, the Aral Sea used to be the fourth largest lake in the world, but rivers that feed the lake were diverted for cotton agriculture. It's now half its former surface area and one-quarter its original volume and continuing to shrink. The picture was taken using the Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) instrument which has a resolution of 300 metres.

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