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That's No Moon...
News story originally written on March 3, 1999

...it's a space station!

While it's not as impressive as the Death Star, the International Space Station is actually visible from the ground as it orbits the Earth every 90 minutes. NASA has organized a list of the times that the ISS can be seen from cities worldwide.

The ISS will get easier to see through the next few years as more components are added. The next component, the service module, is scheduled to be launched by Russia in July, 1999. Before that, Discovery will dock with the station in May, 1999, to transfer supplies.

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