Space: Coming Soon to the Skies Near You

Reasonable people may differ about the scientific value of NASA's much delayed INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, and starting this week, you can take a look skyward and judge for yourself. The station was little more than three school-bus-size pods linked together like sausages. Last Thursday, however, the space shuttle Endeavor blasted off with the station's latest--and most dramatic--component, a 240-ft.-long set of solar wings that will gather light from the sun and provide juice to the energy-hungry hardware onboard.

That impressive wingspan will enable most in the U.S. and elsewhere around the world to spot it with the naked eye, provided they...

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