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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #927761
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On this day in 1974 – May 11th – the first geostationary satellite was launched.

SMS-1 (Synchronous Meteorological Satellite) was the first satellite in the first series of geostationary meteorological satellites. (A geostationary satellite is in an orbit that keeps it above the same part of the Earth all of the time.).


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #927768
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On this day in 2009 – May 11th – space shuttle mission STS-125 was launched.

STS-125 was the fifth and final servicing mission for the Hubble Space Telescope.





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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #927778
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On this day in 1916 – May 11th – Einstein's General Theory of Relativity was published.

Einstein's theory has often been tested and has passed every test - it's changed the way we viewed the cosmos.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #927784
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On this day in 1930 – May 12th – the Adler Planetarium opened in Chicago.

The Adler Planetarium was the first planetarium in the western hemisphere.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #927789
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On this day in 1978 - May 12th - ESA's VILSPA ground station (now the European Space Astronomy Centre) in Spain was officially opened by their Majesties King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.

VILSPA was one of ESA's original tracking stations and has been responsible for providing telemetry, tracking and command support to ESA as well as non-ESA satellites.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #927805
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On this day in 1973 - May 14th - Skylab, the first United States space station, was launched.

Lifting Skylab into low earth orbit was the final mission and launch of a Saturn V rocket, the launch vehicle that carrying Apollo crews to the Moon.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #927806
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On this day in 2009 - May 14th - ESA launched the Planck Space Observatory.

Launched along with the Herschel Space Observatory, from 2009-2013 Planck made high resolution studies of the cosmic microwave background radiation left over from the very early Universe.



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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #927822
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On this day in 2009 - May 14th - ESA launched the Herschel Space Observatory.

Launched along with the Planck Space Observatory, from 2009-2013 Herschel observed the cosmos in infrared.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #927823
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On this day in 1857 - May 15th - Scottish-American astronomer Williamina Fleming was born.

Fleming, a computer at Harvard College Observatory, was a pioneer in the classification of stellar spectra. During the course of her career, she discovered 10 novae, 52 nebulae, and 310 variable stars.




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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #927848
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On this day in 1718 - May 15th - Johannes Kepler discovered the simple mathematical rule governing the orbits of the solar system's planets, now recognized as Kepler's Third Law of planetary motion.

Kepler's three laws described the orbital motions of the planets in a solar system where they orbited the Sun, not the Earth.



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