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Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #922389
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On this day in 1948 – August 8th – cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya was born.

She was the second woman in space and had a distinguished career as aviator and astronaut.

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Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #922390
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On this day in 1990 – August 10th – NASA's Magellan spacecraft entered orbit around Venus to begin radar mapping of the surface.


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On this day in 1877 – August 12th – Asaph Hall discovered Deimos, moon of Mars.


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On this day in 2005 – August 12th – Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) was launched.

Since 2006, MRO has been conduct reconnaissance and exploration of Mars from orbit.


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On this day in 1970 – August 17th – the Soviet probe Venera 7 was launched.

When it landed on the Venusian surface, it became the first spacecraft to land on another planet and first to transmit data from there back to Earth.


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On this day in 2006 – August 17th – Voyager 1 was 100 au from the Sun.

100 au (astronomical units) is 100 times farther away from the Sun than Earth is, and twice as far away as Pluto is at the most distant part of its orbit.


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Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #922504
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On this day in 1877 – August 18th – Asaph Hall discovered Phobos, moon of Mars.


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On this day in 1868 – August 19th – during a total solar eclipse Pierre Janssen observed an unknown line in the spectrum of the Sun, which eventually turned out to be a new element, helium.

The same result was found independently by British astronomer Norman Lockyer, and both Janssen's and Lockyer's communications were presented to the French Academy of Sciences on October 26, 1868.


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On this day in 1646 – August 19th – British astronomer John Flamsteed was born.

Flamsteed was the first Astronomer Royal at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and his star atlas was the standard for a nearly a century.


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On this day in 1891 – August 19th – American astronomer Milton Humason was born.

His careful measurement of the radial velocities of several hundred galaxies underpinned the work of Edwin Hubble.


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