- SUMMER Solstice: The official beginning of summer (northern hemisphere) is on June 21st.
- FINAL Space Shuttle Launch: The last shuttle, Atlantis, sits on the launch pad as I write this. The lift-off is currently targeted for July 8th. With it's crew of four, Atlantis will ferry spare parts and supplies to the International Space Station.
- DAWN arrives at the asteroid Vesta: After a four year journey, the Dawn spacecraft is creeping up on the second largest asteroid, Vesta. It's currently slated to arrive at Vesta in July.
- JUNO heads toward Jupiter [alternate site]: With the launch window for Juno opening on August 5, the spacecraft will begin a journey which will help us to know Jupiter and the Solar System like never before. I highly recommend the online tour at the primary link above.
- PERSEID Meteor Shower: Unfortunately, the full moon will brighten the sky, obscuring many of the meteors at the peak, August 12-13. But the Perseids are somewhat active throughout August.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
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