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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #927137 04/03/18 04:17 PM
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On this day in 1867 - April 3rd - Wilhelm Tempel, observing in Marseilles, discovered Comet 9P/Tempel 1.

in 2005 the comet was the target of NASA's Deep Impact probe.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #927138 04/03/18 04:26 PM
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On this day in 2014 - April 3rd - Sentinel 1-A was launched from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, the first ESA satellite for the Copernicus EU programme.

Copernicus is the world's largest single Earth observation programme.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #927179 04/04/18 04:33 PM
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On this day in 1966 - April 3rd - the Soviet spacecraft Luna 10 was inserted into orbit around the Moon.

It was not only the first spacecraft to go into orbit around the Moon, but the first human-made object to orbit any body beyond the Earth.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #927196 04/05/18 06:41 PM
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On this day in 1973 - April 3rd - Salyut 2 was launched.



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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #927206 04/06/18 09:36 AM
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On this day in 1973 - April 5th - NASA launched Pioneer 11.

Pioneer 11 was the first spacecraft to encounter Saturn and it followed Pioneer 10 into the far reaches of the Solar System. It's now close to 102 light years away.




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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #927220 04/07/18 09:28 AM
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On this day in 1965 - April 6th - Intelsat I was the first commercial communications satellite to be placed in geosynchronous orbit.

It was nicknamed Early Bird for the proverb "The early bird catches the worm." Although the satellite remains in orbit, the last time it was activated was in 1990.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #927235 04/07/18 08:12 PM
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On this day in 2001 - April 7th - NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter was launched.

The orbiter was designed to look for evidence of past or present water and ice, as well as study the planet's geology and radiation environment. Its primary mission was meant to last 32 months, but It's still in service.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #927238 04/08/18 11:33 AM
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On this day in 1964 - April 8th - NASA's Gemini I was launched - it was an unmanned test flight.

The Gemini program was the bridge between NASA's Mercury program - its original ventures in manned spaceflight - and the Apollo moon program.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #927253 04/09/18 09:51 AM
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On this day in 1968 - April 9th - Europe's spaceport, the Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG) or Guiana Space Centre, became operational.

The first launch was of a sounding rocket from the French Veronique series.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #927255 04/09/18 02:13 PM
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On this day in 1959 - April 9th - NASA selected its first group of astronauts, known as the Mercury Seven.

They were the pioneers of the US manned space program: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton. None of the Mercury Seven are still alive.


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