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Saturday, 8 July, 2000, 18:49 GMT 19:49 UK
In pictures: Russia prepares space giant
Russia prepares to launch a giant Proton rocket carrying a 24-tonne module which will form the living quarters for astronauts on the International Space Station.

Rocket AFP
The huge rocket is carried from the assembly area at Baikonur, Kazakhstan, by train

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The 24-tonne Zvezda module requires a heavy vehicle to lift it into orbit

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The payload will form the living accommodation for the International Space Station

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Once on the launch pad, the rocket is gently raised into position

Proton AFP
The new unit will be attached to the Zarya and Unity modules already in place

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