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In honor of Space Day, here are 14 out-of-this-world events to look forward to through 2019

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03.05.2019

For any cause–from pigs to tubas to cream puffs–someone has designated a day of celebration. So it’s only right that there be a day for the entire universe. Many educational institutions, government agencies, and aerospace companies have picked the first Friday in May, called Space Day. It originated in 1997 as a PR vehicle for aerospace contactor Lockheed Martin. But it’s gained credibility with growing support, for instance from the late Mercury astronaut and Senator John Glenn.

Not a lot is happening on the day itself–mainly a SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station, which was already delayed. But a march of major events in astrophysics, aerospace, and even entertainment begins now and continues through the end of the year.

[Photo: Navicore/Wikimedia Commons]May 6: Eta Aquariids meteor shower
Halley’s Comet won’t visit Earth again until 2062. But it left behind a cloud of debris that we pass through annually, triggering these meteor showers. Already underway, Eta Aquariids will peak on May 6th, on a nearly moonless night.

May 9: Possible Blue Origin Moon mission announcement
Jeff Bezos’s space venture recently tweeted a photo of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ship, The Endurance, and the numbers “5.9.19.” Shackleton Crater is a 13-mile-wide formation at the Moon’s south pole that may contain water ice–a resource for life support and........

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