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Wednesday, August 25, 1999 Published at 17:00 GMT 18:00 UK


Picture gallery: Millennium Dome

There are just 18 weeks to go until opening night at London's Millennium Dome. It is a deadline organisers say they cannot and will not miss.

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The "blue Smartie" takes shape - inside it will be the Home Planet zone, which will give visitors an imaginary ride from outer space to Planet Earth.

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Still under wraps, the shape of the giant asexual body is just perceptible. Site of the body zone, visitors will go inside the body to see what makes humans tick.

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Part of the casing of the Home Planet zone, the 32.5 metre-wide spaceport "Intergalactwick" will have room for 270 passengers.

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One of the huge masts, clearly visible outside the zone, as seen from inside.

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A London double-decker bus brought into the dome to give an impression of how large the structure is.

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The dome as seen from outside

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