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#923083 - 09/12/17 03:09 AM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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On this day in 1985 - September 11th - the International Cometary Explorer (ICE) became the first spacecraft to visit a comet.

It passed through the plasma tail of comet Giacobini-Zinner within about 7,800 km (4,800 mi) of the nucleus.

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On this day in 1997 – September 11th – NASA's Mars Global Surveyor arrived at Mars.

It was a global mapping mission that formed part of the larger Mars Exploration Program. NASA officially ended the mission in January 2007 following an irreparable communications failure.


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#923145 - 09/15/17 04:58 PM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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On this day in 1959 – September 12th – the Soviet spacecraft Luna 2 was launched to the Moon.

The following day Luna 2 became the first human object to land on another celestial body.

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#923150 - 09/16/17 04:17 AM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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On this day in 1970 – September 12th – Luna 16 was launched.

This Soviet spacecraft was the first robotic probe to land on the Moon and return a sample of lunar soil to Earth.

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#923163 - 09/17/17 06:03 AM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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On this day in 1968 – September 15th – the Soviet Zond 5 spacecraft was launched.

It was the first spacecraft to travel to the Moon, circle it and return safely to Earth with living creatures, including two tortoises, on board.


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On this day in 2016 – September 15th – China launched the Tiangong-2 space station.

The space station is a testing place for a future longer term manned station.


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On this day in 1848 – September 16th – Saturn's moon Hyperion was discovered.

American astronomers William and George Bond, and English astronomer William Lassell independently discovered the moon.


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On this day in 1789 – September 17th – William Herschel discovered Saturn's moon Mimas.


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On this day in 1857 – September 17th – Russian rocket scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky was born.

Tsiolkovsky is considered one of the founding fathers of rocketry and astronautics. Long before the Wright brothers' first plane flew 120 feet, he was thinking space travel. And when it was still science fiction to most people, he was developing the theory and doing the math for multistage rockets.


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On this day in 1930 – September 17th – Edgar Dean "Ed" Mitchell was born.

Mitchell was the lunar module pilot for the Apollo 14 mission and the sixth man to walk on the Moon.


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