June 8, 2009 - Running in Space

Running in Space Astronaut Garrett Reisman, Expedition 16 flight engineer, appears in mid-stride in front of one of the International Space Station’s Solar Power Arrays as construction and maintenance continue on the ISS in March 2008. During a seven-hour and one-minute spacewalk, Reisman and astronaut Rick Linnehan, STS-123 mission specialist, prepared the Japanese Logistics Module Pressurized Section for removal from space shuttle Endeavour’s payload bay, opened the Centerline Berthing Camera System on top of the Harmony module, removed the Passive Common Berthing Mechanism, and installed both of the Orbital Replacement Unit tool change-out mechanisms on the Canadian-built Dextre robotic system, the final element of the station’s Mobile Servicing System.

Image credit: NASA


Weekly Calendar

June 8-14, 2009

Holidays - Sky Events - Space History

Moon phase Monday 8

1625: Giovanni Cassini born
1959: First X-15 unpowered glide test
1975: Venera 9 launched
2007: STS-117 Atlantis launched

Moon phase Tuesday 9

1812: Johann Gottfried Galle born

Moon phase Wednesday 10

Moon at apogee

1985: Vega 1 deploys lander and balloon on Venus
2003: Mars rover Spirit launched

Moon phase Thursday 11

2008: Fermi Gamma-Ray Telescope launched

Moon phase Friday 12

1967: Venera 4 launched

Moon phase Saturday 13

Mercury at greatest elongation (23° W)
Jupiter and Neptune 3° south of Moon

1831: James Clerk Maxwell born
1974: National Space Society founded
1983: Pioneer 10 leaves solar system, begins traveling in interstellar space

Moon phase Sunday 14

Flag Day

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

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