The Leonid meteor shower peaked early Tuesday morning ? before most of our listeners were awake. At around 4 a.m. EST the meteor shower sent sparks flying through the skies in the Americas and Asia. Our friend, space and aviation reporter Miles O'Brien, said it was something of "a dud" from where he was standing, on the beach in Florida. O'Brien also tells us about NASA's launch of the space shuttle Atlantis. It's the fifth successful shuttle launch this year; and with only five shuttle missions left before the program ends, every piece of cargo counts.

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