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General Description: 
International Space Station Imagery
Description: 
ISS006-E-28028 (February 2003) --- The Southern Cross (left center), the Coal Sack Nebula (bottom left), and the Carina Nebula (upper right) are visible in this view photographed by astronaut Donald R. Pettit, Expedition Six NASA ISS science officer, on board the International Space Station (ISS). The Carina Nebula is a molecular cloud about 9000 light years from Earth where young stars are forming. The Coal Sack Nebula is an inky-black dust cloud about 2000 light years from Earth. Stars are probably condensing deep inside the Coal Sack, but their light has not yet broken through the cloud?s dense exterior. The Southern Cross, also known as The Crux, is a constellation familiar to southern hemisphere stargazers.
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Photo-iss006e28028
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Carina
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Crux
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Earth
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International Space Station (ISS)
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February 2003
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2003
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SPD-SPFLT-Photo-iss006e28028
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http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-6/html/iss006e28028.html