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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930007 11/02/18 06:40 PM
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On this day in 2005 - October 31st - the Hubble Space Telescope discovery of two new moons of Pluto was announced.

The moons were later named Nix and Hydra.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930008 11/03/18 12:32 PM
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On this day in 1919 - November 1st - Anglo-Austrian mathematician and cosmologist Hermann Bondi was born.

Bondi was a distinguished academic, Fellow of the Royal Society, and among many positions outside academia, he served as Director-General of the European Space Research Organisation (ESRO) (1967–1971) (which later became the European Space Agency, ESA).



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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930015 11/04/18 09:28 AM
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On this day in 1917 - November 2nd - the 100-inch telescope on Mount Wilson saw first light.

Edwin Hubble would make observations with this telescope that would show there was much more to the Universe than just our own Galaxy.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930021 11/05/18 11:06 AM
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On this day in 2000 - November 2nd - Expedition 1 arrived at the International Space Station (ISS).

The ISS has been continuously occupied since then.



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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930023 11/06/18 11:11 AM
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On this day in 1885 - November 2nd - American astronomer Harlow Shapley was born.

Shapley, director of the Harvard College Observatory for thirty years, was best known for his studies of the Milky Way.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930029 11/07/18 09:55 AM
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On this day in 1957 - November 3rd - Sputnik 2 carried the dog Laika into space.

Laika was the first living creature to enter Earth orbit.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930036 11/08/18 11:15 AM
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On this day in 1973 - November 3rd - NASA launched the Mariner 10 Venus/Mercury probe.

It was the first spacecraft to visit two planets and the first to make use of an interplanetary gravitational slingshot maneuver.


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On this day in 2013 - November 5th - the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was launched.

MOM - also called Mangalyaan ("Mars-craft", from Sanskrit) was the first interplanetary mission launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930041 11/09/18 10:22 AM
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On this day in 1966 - November 6th - Lunar Orbiter II was launched.

The Lunar Orbiter program was a series of five unmanned missions launched by NASA to help select Apollo landing sites by mapping the Moon's surface.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930042 11/09/18 10:25 AM
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On this day in 1572 - November 6th - Tycho Brahe recorded a bright new star, supernova SN 1572) in the constellation Cassiopeia.

Tycho's study of the object showed that it wasn't a local phenomenon, but a distant star. This was completely contrary to the understanding of the time that the stars were part of sphere which was perfect and unchangeable.


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