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RAS PN 07/31: Space and astronomy digest: June 2007

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 April 2010 14:37
Published on Friday, 01 June 2007 00:00
The latest RAS monthly digest of space and astronomy events. This month sees the launch of a mission to the asteroid belt and the latest Burlington House Cultural Campus lecture...

 
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESS INFORMATION NOTE
Date: 1 June 2007                For Immediate Release
Ref.: PN 07/31

Issued by:
Robert Massey
RAS Press Officer
Royal Astronomical Society
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RAS SPACE AND ASTRONOMY DIGEST: JUNE 2007

This release contains a summary of some astronomical and space events that will be taking place during June. It has been written to assist the media in planning and researching future stories related to space science and astronomy, particularly those with UK involvement. It is not intended to be fully comprehensive. Dates and times may be subject to change.

1 JUNE: HUYGENS PRESS CONFERENCE, SPINETO, ITALY

Latest results from the ESA Huygens mission to Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.

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3-16 JUNE: INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION EASILY VISIBLE IN UK SKY

The first half of June is an ideal time for UK observers to spot the International Space Station (ISS). As the largest space station ever constructed the ISS is frequently easily visible to the unaided eye as a slowly moving bright dot. Visibility predictions are available online via http://www.heavens-above.com

8 JUNE: LAUNCH OF ATLANTIS SPACE SHUTTLE

The Atlantis Space Shuttle is scheduled for launch at 1238 GMT on 8 June. This mission will carry truss segments, batteries and another pair of solar arrays to the International Space Station.

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21 JUNE: BURLINGTON HOUSE LECTURE: STONEHENGE – IT’S ONLY ROCK AND ROLL

Professor Clive Ruggles (University of Leicester) and Professor Timothy Darvill (University of Bournemouth) will use archaeology, geometry and astronomy to describe how Stonehenge developed from simple beginnings to become the most elaborate stone circle in Britain.

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30 JUNE: LAUNCH OF DAWN MISSION

The NASA Dawn mission will spend eight years travelling to Mars and then two of the largest asteroids, Vesta and Ceres. Dawn is set to enter orbit around Vesta in 2011 where it will stay for 7 months prior to travelling to Ceres, which it will reach in 2015. The spacecraft should be carried into space on a Delta II rocket during the launch window that begins at 0948 GMT on 30 June 2007.

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Don Savage
NASA Discovery Program
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