Volume: 02, Issue: 09 05/03/2004 
  A space news and professional development resource - Space Explorers Special Edition Newsletter.

Space Day 2004: Blazing Galactic Trails

Space Day logo  

Students, educators, and space enthusiasts around the world will observe Space Day 2004 on May 6. Launched in 1997, the annual educational initiative celebrates the extraordinary achievements, benefits, and opportunities in the exploration of space. This issue of the Planetary Times is dedicated to the Space Day initiative. Let the festivities begin!

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Celebrating Space Day throughout the World

Students celebrating Space Day 2003.  

Space Day 2004 is being celebrated throughout the world. Here’s your chance to be a part of the festivities! Check out this list of events in North America.

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The Future of Space Exploration

Possible design for a future European Space Agency spacecraft.  

Space Day is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of historic pioneers--from ancient astronomers to the astronauts aboard today's International Space Station--but it is also the perfect day to look into the unknown future. After all, exploration is about discovering what we don't know today. Here are just a few of the missions the NASA and the European Space Agency have in store for our solar system and beyond in the early half of the 21st century.

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Expedition 8 Crew Returns Safely from International Space Station

C. Michael Foale (right), Expedition 8 mission commander, and cosmonaut Alexander Y. Kaleri, flight engineer, posed for their crew portrait. Photo courtesy NASA.  

After more than six months in space, the International Space Station Expedition 8 crew, Commander Mike Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri, returned safely to Earth April 30. With them was European Space Agency Astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands, who had spent nine days conducting research aboard the Station.

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Demise in Ice and Fire

An up-close picture of the Bug Nebula, NGC 6302 curtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope.  

The Bug Nebula, NGC 6302, is one of the brightest and most extreme planetary nebulae known. At its center lies a superhot dying star smothered in a blanket of "hailstones." A new Hubble image reveals fresh detail in the wings of this cosmic "butterfly."

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Top Ten Ways to Celebrate Space Day 2004 in Your Classroom

Celebrate Space Day.  

Each year, Space Day gives classrooms the chance to reflect on the accomplishments of space pioneers. Bring the excitement of space into your classroom with some ideas from Space Explorers’ Top Ten list of ways your classroom can commemorate Space Day 2004.

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