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Week In Space
Tuesday 11 December 2018
- 1972 (46 years ago):
Apollo 17 landed on the Moon, becoming the sixth and last Apollo mission to do so. They collected the Moon rock on display at the National Space Centre.
Thursday 13 December 2018
- Geminid Meteor Shower peaks on 13-14 December between midnight and dawn. This year the Moon will set by midnight, leaving excellent viewing of up to 120 meteors an hour. Read our blog: https://spacecentre.co.uk/blog-post/geminid-meteor-shower-2018/
Saturday 15 December 2018
- 2015 (3 years ago):
Tim Peake launched on a Soyuz rocket, beginning his six-month Principia mission on the ISS.
Sunday 16 December 2018
- Closest approach of Comet 46P/Wirtanen – the “comet of the year”. This comet will be visible to the naked eye in mid-December, with best viewing away from city lights and after the Moon sets. Read our blog: https://spacecentre.co.uk/blog-post/comet-46p-wirtanen/