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The International Space Station (ISS) opened its cupola observation deck in February, providing breathtaking views of the Earth.
The six windows of the cupola are fitted with shields to protect them from space debris. The observation deck provides 360° views of the station, enabling the crew to direct operations outside the space station.
Astronauts removed insulating blankets on the cupola from the space shuttle Endeavour on 17 February.
Photo credit: Nasa