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A special guest will be arriving at 8:43 on July 4 to help San Diegans celebrate the holiday. The International Space Station will make a fly-over in an orbit almost 200 miles above the Earth and traveling at 17,500 miles per hour, according to the NASA website.

As you are outside awaiting the fireworks, watch for a bright star-like object approaching from the west-northwest (Del Mar area) and going almost directly overhead at 70 degrees above the horizon. It will fly over us for four minutes, and depart the area to the southeast, in the Jamul area)

Source: NASA.gov.sighting opportunities

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William Howell July 2, 2011 @ 7:41 a.m.

A "gig" to our friendly editors: update your photos of NASA craft. If I'm not mistaken, that is a photo of Sky Lab, circa 1970's, with the tarp space walking astronauts had to place over it to protect it from the sun after a cooling system failure.

The ISS is HUGE....check out the NASA.gov site and you can see a time lapse of the last 20 years of construction and what it looks like now....it's "Finished"...

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