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#925099 - 12/13/17 08:19 PM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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On this day in 1962 – December 14th – NASA probe Mariner 2 made a successful fly-by of Venus.

It was the first robotic space probe to conduct a successful planetary encounter.
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#925114 - 12/14/17 12:00 PM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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On this day in 1972 – December 14th – Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan became the last human to walk on the Moon.
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#925117 - 12/14/17 09:45 PM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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On this day in 2013 – December 14th – the Chinese lander Chang'e-3 landed on the Moon.

After the landing the rover Yutu (Jade Rabbit) was deployed.
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On this day in 1970 – December 15th – Venera 7 was the first spacecraft to land on Venus.

The Soviet probe survived for 53 minutes, 20 of them on the surface.
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#925156 - 12/17/17 05:00 AM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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On this day in 1857 – December 16th – E.E. Barnard was born.

Edward Emerson Barnard was an American astronomer noted for his excellence as n observational astronomer. Barnard's Star is named for him.
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#925177 - 12/17/17 07:29 PM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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On this day in 1917 – December 16th – Arthur C. Clarke was born.

Clarke wrote more than 100 books and he inspired the scientists and space explorers. In honor of his work, the International Astronomical Union named the distance of 36000 km above Earth the Clarke Orbit, and asteroid No. 4923 received the designation 'Clarke'.


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On this day in 1999 – December 18th – NASA launched the Terra satellite.

Terra is the flagship of the Earth Observation System, a multinational research program to study changes in the Earth and how they could affect life on our planet.
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On this day in 2013 – December 19th – ESA's Gaia spacecraft was launched.

Gaia is a space observatory designed to measure the positions and distances of stars with unprecedented accuracy. The mission aims to construct the largest and most precise 3D space catalog ever made.
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On this day in 1904 – December 20th – The Mount Wilson Solar Observatory was founded.

About fifteen years later, "solar" was dropped from the name as the 100-inch Hooker telescope came into use. Observing with it, Edwin Hubble found evidence that the Milky Way was just one galaxy in an expanding Universe.
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On this day in 1968 – December 21st – NASA launched Apollo 8.

The Apollo 8 Moon mission was the first manned mission to leave Earth orbit and go into orbit around another celestial object.


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