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June 2007 S3/S4 Truss and Solar Arrays The second starboard truss segment was added, and its solar panels were unfolded. JOINING The modules are docked using their pressurized adapters. 58 PERMANENT EXPLORATION SPACE EXPLORATION 59 Spying on the Universe S pace telescopes such as the Hubble are artificial satellites put into orbit for observing different regions of the universe. Unlike telescopes on Earth, space telescopes are above the Earth's atmosphere. Therefore, they avoid the effects of atmospheric turbulence, which degrades the quality of telescopic images.

Voyager 1 was launched on Sept. 5, 1977, and flew by Jupiter in 1979 and Saturn in 1980. Voyager 2 lifted off on Aug. 20, 1977, then flew by Jupiter and Saturn to reach Uranus in 1986 and Neptune in 1989. Voyager 2 is the only probe that has visited both of these planets. Both probes have now become the furthest distant artificial instruments ever sent into space by humans. SOLAR SENSOR The Voyagers carried the recorded greetings of humanity in a golden, 12-inch record. Each spacecraft had one, with information about life on Earth, photographs, music of Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven, greetings in more than 50 languages, and the brain waves of a woman (Ann Druyan, the wife of the now-deceased astronomer Carl Sagan, who supervised this collection).

ATV ISS Mobile Support THERMAL PANELS control the temperature. Shell SUPPLIES AND WASTE The Russian spacecraft ATV docks with the ISS for unloading supplies and removing waste. Space Giant ORBIT It carries out 16 orbits around the Earth each day at an altitude of 210 to 285 miles (335 to 460 km). Replaceable Hand REMOTE ARM JEM Laboratory The International Space Station (ISS) is the result of the integration of NASA's Freedom and the Russian Space Agency's Mir 2 projects. Construction began in 1998, and the large illustration shows what the ISS will look like when it is finished in 2010.

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