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Shuttle's role in new ISS mission

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An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut will join the International Space Station as part of its new mission and larger permanent crew.

The increase in capacity comes after several missions using the Nasa shuttle Discovery to increase power onboard the ISS, and will allow more scientific research to take place.

Anthony Weller reports on the end of the current mission.

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