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June 11, 2012 - Starry, Starry Night

Starry, Starry Night The docked space shuttle Endeavour, backdropped by a nighttime view of Earth and a starry sky, is featured in this image photographed by NASA astronaut Greg Chamitoff, STS-134 mission specialist, while at the International Space Station. The image was captured on May 28, 2011, during Endeavour’s final mission in space. Lights in Endeavour’s cargo bay illuminate the shuttle, while city lights cast an eerie glow on Earth, 350 kilometers (220 miles) below. During this long-exposure photograph, the relative motion of the space shuttle is apparent as it streaks around Earth at 28,000 kilometers per hour (17,500 miles per hour). The stars, located approximately in Endeavour’s line of motion, appear nearly point-like. STS-134 was the penultimate mission of the shuttle program.

Image credit:NASA

Weekly Calendar

June 11-17, 2012

Holidays - Sky Events - Space History

Moon phase Monday 11

Last Quarter Moon 6:41 AM ET

2008: Fermi Gamma-Ray Telescope launched

Moon phase Tuesday 12

Pallas 0.8° south of Moon
Uranus 5° south of Moon

1967: Venera 4 launched

Moon phase Wednesday 13

1831: James Clerk Maxwell born
1974: National Space Society founded
1983: Pioneer 10 leaves solar system, begins traveling in interstellar space
2010: Hayabusa spacecraft returns first asteroid samples to Earth
2012: NuSTAR X-Ray telescope launched

Moon phase Thursday 14

Flag Day

1967: Mariner 5 launched
1975: Venera 10 launched
1985: Vega 2 deploys lander and balloon on Venus

Moon phase Friday 15

Venus 4° north of Aldebaran
Moon at apogee

1971: First Titan III-D rocket launch
2010: Soyuz TMA-19 launched carrying ISS Expedition 24/25 crew

Moon phase Saturday 16

1963: Vostok 6 launched; Valentina Tereshkova first woman in space, still the only solo spaceflight by a woman
2012: Shenzhou 9 launched, fourth Chinese human space flight

Moon phase Sunday 17

Father's Day

Jupiter 1.1° south of Moon
Venus 2° south of Moon

1985: STS-51G Discovery launched

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