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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #929295 08/03/18 10:11 AM
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On this day in 2004 - August 3rd - NASA launched the MESSENGER spacecraft to Mercury.

MESSENGER's mission was to study Mercury's chemical composition, geology, and magnetic field.





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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #929308 08/04/18 08:26 AM
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On this day in 2007 - August 4th - the Phoenix Mars Lander was launched.

The program was a partnership of universities in several countries directed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Its purpose was to look for environments suitable for microbial life on Mars.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #929321 08/05/18 07:51 AM
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On this day in 2007 - August 5th - NASA's Juno spacecraft was launched to Jupiter.

Juno is currently getting amazing close-up pictures of Jupiter.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #929332 08/05/18 07:43 PM
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On this day in 1930 - August 5th - Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11 astronaut and the first human to set foot on another world, was born.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #929336 08/06/18 08:08 AM
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On this day in 1961 - August 6th - the Soviet Vostok 2 was launched, the first full day mission.

Cosmonaut Gherman Titov became the second man in space and the first person to sleep in space.



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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #929354 08/07/18 09:28 AM
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On this day in 2012 - August 6th - the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity landed on Mars.

Curiosity continues to carry out her mission of searching for signs of habitable environments, past and present, on the red planet.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #929372 08/08/18 10:01 AM
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On this day in 2014 - August 6th - ESA's Rosetta became the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet.

After a decade-long journey chasing the comet, Rosetta met up with Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.


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On this day in 1576 - August 8th - Tycho Brahe laid the cornerstone for Uraniborg.

Uraniborg, built on the island of Hven between Denmark and Sweden, was the a custom-built observatory and research center, the most advanced that had ever been seen at that time.






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On this day in 1948 - August 8th - Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya was born.

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


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #929388 08/09/18 09:38 AM
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On this day in 2001 - August 8th - NASA's Genesis spacecraft was launched.

Genesis was a sample-return probe designed to collect a sample of solar wind and return it to Earth for analysis.


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