Volume: 08, Issue: 01 04/13/2010 
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STS-131

Image above: Mission Specialist Rick Mastracchio works on a task during the third STS-131 spacewalk. Image credit: NASA TV 
 

Seven astronauts launched Monday, April 5, aboard space shuttle Discovery from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Discovery's flight is delivering supplies and equipment to the International Space Station (ISS).

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Major Meteor Showers

The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's Midcourse Space Experiment satellite imaged this peak of the 1997 Leonid Meteor Shower from above 29 meteors over a 48 minute period entering the Earth's atmosphere. Image credit: BMDO/APL 
 

The very best thing you can do to maximize your meteor shower enjoyment is get as far away from light pollution (city lights, etc.) as you can. Find a location with a clear, unclouded view of the night sky that is not obstructed by trees, hills or other objects. Once you get there...

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Shooting for Shooting Stars

2001 Leonid fireball recorded from Hawaii. Credit: NASA 
 

We know them as "shooting stars," or meteors. Space scientists know them as the fiery end of tiny visitors from space.

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Herschel Reveals Ripening Stars Near Rosette Nebula

This image from the Herschel Space Observatory shows of a portion of the Rosette nebula, a stellar nursery about 5,000 light-years from Earth in the Monoceros, or Unicorn, constellation. 
 

The Herschel Space Observatory has uncovered a cosmic garden of budding stars, each expected to grow to 10 times the mass of our sun.

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Celebrate Space Day With Events Nationwide

Credit: Space Day as an educational initiative of Lockheed Martin  

This year's official Space Day celebration takes place on May 7. The fun continues on May 8, 2010, with the Space Day Family Day event taking place in Washington, D.C.

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