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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #929737 09/06/18 08:20 AM
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On this day in 1970 - September 3rd - NASA cancelled the last two planned lunar landings.

Apollos 18 and 19 were officially cancelled following cuts to NASA’s budget for 1971. The political point had been made and the public had also lost interest after the excitement of Apollo 11.






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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #929742 09/07/18 06:57 AM
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On this day in 1977 - September 5th - NASA launched the Voyager 1 spacecraft.

Voyager 1 is now over 143 AU from Earth - that's 143 times farther away from us than the distance from the Earth to the Sun. It's now in interstellar space.









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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #929744 09/08/18 07:54 AM
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On this day in 2013 - September 7th - NASA launched the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE).

The orbiter explored the lunar exosphere and dust in the Moon's vicinity.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #929750 09/09/18 07:54 AM
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On this day in 2004 - September 8th - NASA's Genesis probe that had collected bits of solar wind, crash-landed when it returned to Earth.

Some samples were salvaged, as some of the contamination could be dealt with. The mission's major science objectives were achieved.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #929757 09/10/18 07:09 AM
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On this day in 2016 - September 8th - NASA launched OSIRIS-REx, an asteroid study and sample return mission.

The spacecraft has begun the approach to asteroid Bennu and is due to arrive in December.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #929760 09/10/18 10:09 PM
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On this day in 1789 - September 9th - American astronomer William Cranch Bond was born.

Bond was the first director of the Harvard College Observatory, and a pioneer of astrophotography.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #929763 09/11/18 07:45 AM
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On this day in 1975 - September 9th - NASA launched the Viking 2 mission.

It was an orbiter and lander like Viking 1, the other half of the astrobiology mission to Mars.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #929765 09/11/18 10:03 PM
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On this day in 1892 - September 9th - American astronomer E.E. Barnard discovered Jupiter's moon Amalthea.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #929767 09/12/18 12:00 PM
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On this day in 2011 - September 10th - NASA launched the two small spacecraft GRAIL A (Ebb) and GRAIL B (Flow).

The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mapped the gravitational field of the Moon in unprecedented detail.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #929768 09/12/18 12:01 PM
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On this day in 1857 - September 10th - American astronomer James Keeler was born.

Keeler was the director of the University of Pittsburgh's Allegheny Observatory in 1891, and later Lick Observatory in California. He was known for his studies of the rings of Saturn and for expanding astronomers' understanding of nebulae through an extended series of photographs using a large telescope.



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