2JUNE 3: Martian Reboot
3JUNE 4: Its a Circus Out There
Accordionist, stilt-walker, fire-breather and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte begins training in Star City, Russia, preparing for his scheduled Sept. 30 “poetic social mission” to the International Space Station. The Quebec billionaire and paying (estimated at $35 million) space tourist will join a Soyuz TMA-16 crew that includes NASA astronaut Jeffrey Williams.(Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil)
4JUNE 5: Spacewalks for Everyone
5JUNE 10: Japan Slams Probe into Moon
6JUNE 15: Hubble Hitch Surprises NASA
Just days after the space shuttle Atlantis crew revamped the 19-year-old Hubble Space Telescope, the iconic telescope freezes up, forcing NASA engineers on earth to remotely reboot the spacecraft. “We certainly hope it is temporary,” Hubble Program Manager Preston Burch told Space.com. (Photo courtesy of NASA)
7JUNE 16: Future of U.S. Manned Space Flight Review Panel Meets
8JUNE 17: No Go for Endeavour
9JUNE 18: NASA Launches Lunar Mapping Mission
With no luck on its June space shuttle launch, NASA in June launches its first mission to the moon in almost a decade, sending two satellites on single Atlas rocket: One satellite will orbit the moon for mapping purposes while the other will deliberately slam into the lunar surface in search of water ice.
10JUNE 20: Commercial Spaceflight Port Breaks Ground
New Mexico’s Spaceport America breaks ground, promising the $200 million facility (shown here in an artist’s concept) will be ready to serve Virgin Galactic’s space tourism program by 2010. More than 45,000 people have signed up for the $200,000 suborbital trips.