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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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On this day in 1631 - November 7th - French priest and astronomer Pierre Gassendi observed a transit of Mercury.

Johannes Kepler had predicted transits of Mercury and Venus, but when Gassendi witnessed a transit of Mercury, he was the first person to see such a transit.




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On this day in 1656 - November 8th - Edmond Halley was born.

Edmond Halley was one of the greatest minds of his era. He is still known today for Halley's Comet, which bears his name after he correctly predicted its return.


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On this day in 2005 – November 9th – ESA's Venus Express spacecraft was launched.

The main objective was the long term observation of the Venusian atmosphere - which the mission did for nearly nine years.


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On this day in 1934 – November 9th – American astronomer Carl Sagan was born.

Sagan was also noted as a science writer and communicator, and still remembered for his television series Cosmos.


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On this day in 1967 – November 9th – a Saturn V launch vehicle took the unmanned Apollo 4 into space.

It was the first test of the Saturn V rocket, which would be used by the U.S. Apollo program to send astronauts to the Moon.


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On this day in 1875 – November 11th – Vesto Slipher was born.

Slipher was director of the Lowell Observatory in Arizona, and the first to discover the redshift of galaxies when he measured their velocities. This laid the foundation for the work that Edwin Hubble later carried out.


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On this day in 2014 – November 12th – the Philae probe became the first spacecraft to land on a comet.

Philae was the lander carried by ESA's Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.


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On this day in 1680 – November 14th – German astronomer Gottfried Kirch discovered the comet C/1680 V1.

It was the first comet to be discovered using a telescope, and became one of the brightest comets of the 17th century.






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On this day in 1971 – November 14th – NASA's Mariner 9 was inserted into a Martian orbit.

Mariner 9 was the first spacecraft to orbit Mars.


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