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Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #923232
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On this day in 1977 – September 18th – Voyager 1 took the first ever photo of both the Earth and the Moon together in space.

The Moon is very faint in the upper left of the photo.


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On this day in 2006 – September 18th – Anousheh Ansari became the first woman space tourist.

Ansari is an Iranian-American engineer and co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems. Her previous business accomplishments include serving as co-founder and CEO of Telecom Technologies, Inc. (TTI). The Ansari family is also the title sponsor of the Ansari X Prize.


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On this day in 1886 – September 21st – H.G. Wells was born.

This English writer is considered to be one of the fathers of science fiction.


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On this day in 2003 – September 21st – NASA's Galileo mission ended its mission by plunging into Jupiter.

Galileo was the first spacecraft to orbit Jupiter, the first to achieve an asteroid flyby (951 Gaspra), and it discovered the first asteroid moon - Dactyl, around 243 Ida.


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On this day in 1999 – September 22nd – Pioneer 10 reached the distance of 50 au from the Sun.

The spacecraft was the first to cross the Asteroid Belt, and it carried out the first mission to Jupiter. It was also the first to reach escape velocity from the Solar System. At 50 au from the Sun, it was 50 times farther away from the Sun than Earth is, about 7.5 billion km (4.7 billion miles).


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On this day in 2006 – September 22nd – Hinode was launched.

Hinode is a Japanese soar mission with USA and UK collaboration. It was planned as a three-year mission to explore the magnetic fields of the Sun, but is still collecting data.


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On this day in 2014 – September 22nd – NASA's MAVEN mission went into orbit around Mars.

MAVEN is studying the Martian atmosphere.


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On this day in 1783 – September 23rd – Caroline Herschel discovered NGC 253 The Sculptor Galaxy.

Also known as the Silver Coin or Silver Dollar Galaxy, NGC 253 is a starburst spiral galaxy in the constellation Sculptor.

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On this day in 1846 – September 23rd – Johann Galle discovered Neptune.

Urbain LeVerrier sent Galle some calculations showing where there might be a new planet, and Galle found it that night. Eventually, it was named Neptune, after the Roman sea god.

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On this day in 1930 – September 24th – John Young was born.

As a NASA astronaut, Young had a long career which included being the ninth person to walk on the Moon as Commander of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972.

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