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#922533 - 08/20/17 04:20 AM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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On this day in 1982 – August 19th – Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the second woman to go into space..

Her flight on the Soyuz T-7 was 19 years after that of the first woman in space Valentina Tereshkova.


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On this day in 1975 – August 20th – NASA's Viking 1 was launched.

Viking 1 was the first of two spacecraft (along with Viking 2) sent to Mars as part of NASA's Viking program. A year after its launch it became the first spacecraft to land successfully on Mars and perform its mission


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#922547 - 08/21/17 03:55 AM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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On this day in 1977 – August 20th – NASA's Voyager 2 was launched.

It visited all four of the Solar System's gas giants and is the only spacecraft to have visited either Uranus or Neptune.


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#922597 - 08/22/17 12:20 PM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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On this day in 1976 – August 22nd – The Soviet Luna 24 returned soil samples from the Moon.

These samples were different from the previous ones because they were collected from 2.5 meters below the surface.

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#922609 - 08/23/17 05:25 AM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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On this day in 1966 – August 23rd – NASA's Lunar Orbiter 1 took the first picture of the Earth ever taken from the Moon.

The spacecraft's primary mission was to photograph smooth areas of the lunar surface for selection and verification of safe landing sites for the Surveyor and Apollo missions.

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On this day in 1989 – August 25th – NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft flew past Neptune.

Voyager 2 is still the only spacecraft to visit Neptune.


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On this day in 2003 – August 25th – NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was launched.

Spitzer is an infrared telescope. Although it lost much of its capability in 2009 when the coolant ran out, one instrument is still functioning and providing valuable data.

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On this day in 1789 – August 28th – William Herschel discovered Enceladus, moon of Saturn.


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On this day in 1993 – August 28th – NASA's Galileo spacecraft did a flyby of asteroid Ida.

Galileo was an unmanned spacecraft that studied the planet Jupiter and its moons, as well as some other Solar System objects on its way to the Jovian system.


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On this day in 1913 – August 31st – English radio astronomer Bernard Lovell was born.

Lovell was a pioneer of radio astronomy and founded the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, England in 1945. When the telescope was built there - later named the Lovell Telescope - it was for many years the largest steerable radio telescope in the world.


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