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    MOSCOW, February 3 (RIA Novosti) - At the EXPO-2005 world exhibition due to be held in Japan, Russia should claim its place in the 21st century's world. Such an opinion was expressed at a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday by Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the main consultant of the Russian exposition at the EXPO-2005, Yevgeny Velikhov.

    In March 2003 the Russian organizational committee examined and approved the concept of Russia's participation in the EXPO-2005, which was elaborated by a group of scientific consultants with Academician Velikhov at the head.

    The theme of the Russian exposition was defined as the "harmony of noosphere." According to Velikhov, the authors of the concept wanted to demonstrate the unique possibilities of Russia: from its natural resources to high technologies.

    Among major exhibits is a fragment of a spaceship for travels to remote planets and a re-usable spaceship - the world's first apparatus of this kind for space tourism.

    Exhibited in the Russian pavilion will also be a single-stage reusable space system. Its hydrogen engine, built on essentially new principles, makes it possible to exclude harmful impact on the environment.

    The Mir deep-water apparatus, remains of the Yakutian mammoth, models of the Autonomous House and the global system of collecting solar energy, will be on display among many other exhibits at EXPO-2005.

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