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Twenty years of the International Space Station – but was it worth it? – The Guardian

Has the ISS benefited society? Scientists are divided: for some, it’s a beacon of unity; for others, just a set for an action film

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Space scientists are preparing to celebrate a remarkable astronautical achievement. In a few days, they will mark the 20th anniversary of humanitys continuous presence in outer space.
For two decades, teams of astronauts have made their homes 250 miles above our planet through their uninterrupted occupancy of the International Space Station (ISS). First inhabited by US astronaut Bill Shepherd and Russian cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko on 2 November 2000, the ISS has since provided…

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