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#925766 - 01/13/18 08:03 AM Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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On this day in 1610 - January 13th - Galileo discovered a fourth satellite of Jupiter.

This was the one we now know as Ganymede, the largest moon in the Solar System.


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On this day in 1978 - January 13th - NASA selected its first women astronauts.

In 1983 Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.


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On this day in 2005 - January 14th - the European Space Agency (ESA) probe Huygens landed on Saturn's moon Titan.

It was the first time a spacecraft had been landed on a moon other than our own. Here is footage of the Huygens landing on Titan.


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On this day in 2008 - January 14th - NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft made its first flyby of Mercury.

MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) was the second spacecraft to reach Mercury, the first having been Mariner 10 in 1975.


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#925817 - 01/15/18 12:42 PM Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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On this day in 1916 - January 14th - the Royal Astronomical Society in London admitted the first women to full membership in the society.


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On this day in 2006 - January 15th - NASA's Stardust spacecraft completed its mission by returning its samples to Earth.

Stardust was robotic space probe whose primary mission was to collect dust samples from the coma of comet Wild 2, as well as samples of cosmic dust.

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On this day in 2015 - January 16th - the UK Space Agency announced that the remains of the probe Beagle 2 had been located on Mars.

The probe had been lost on Christmas Day 2003 after successful insertion into orbit by Mars Express. It was finally identified in images from the HiRise camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).


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On this day in 2015 - January 16th - the first docking of two manned spacecraft occurred.

The Soviet Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 docked in space and transferred crew from one vehicle to another by a space walk.


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On this day in 2002 - January 18th - the Gemini South Observatory was dedicated.

Gemini South in Chile and Gemini North in Hawaii together constitute the Gemini Observatory. The twin telescopes provide almost complete coverage of the skies with two of the largest and most advanced optical/infrared telescopes available.


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On this day in 1851 - January 19th - Jacobus Kapteyn was born.

Kapteyn was a Dutch astronomer best known for his studies of the Milky Way. He discovered evidence for galactic rotation.



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