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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930154
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On this day in 1967 – November 29th – Australia became the 4th nation to launch a satellite from its own territory.

The satellite (Wresat) was a joint venture of the Weapons Research Establishment and the University of Adelaide's Physics Department. It collected and sent back data about the composition of the upper atmosphere for 73 orbits.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930172
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On this day in 2013 – December 1st – China's Chang'e-3 spacecraft was launched to Moon.

It also carried the rover Yutu which was deployed for a time on the lunar surface.


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On this day in 1995 – December 2nd – the NASA/ESA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory was launched.

It was originally planned as a two-year mission, but it's still providing essential data about the Sun and space weather.





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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930179
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On this day in 1993 – December 2nd – the first Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission was launched.

The crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour went to the telescope with a new main camera and a corrective optic package to restore the telescope's blurred vision.


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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930187
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On this day in 2014 – December 3rd – the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 was launched.

Hayabusa 2 is an asteroid sample return mission which rendezvoused with near-Earth asteroid 162173 Ryugu in June 2018.





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Re: 2018: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930188
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On this day in 1639 – December 4th – Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree in England became the first people ever to observe a transit of Venus.


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On this day in 1997 – December 4th – NASA's Mars Pathfinder was launched.

Mars Pathfinder was an American robotic spacecraft that landed a base station (named the Carl Sagan Memorial Station) and Sojourner, the first roving probe on Mars.


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On this day in 1968 – December 6th – ESRO (a precursor to the European Space Agency) had its Highly Eccentric Orbit Satellite (HEOS-1) launched from Cape Kennedy.

It was the first European satellite to venture beyond near-Earth space, to study magnetic fields, radiation and the solar wind. This required an orbit stretching two-thirds of the way to the Moon.






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On this day in 1998 – December 6th – the Unity and Zarya modules were connected to form the core of the International Space Station (ISS).


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On this day in 1676 – December 7th – the first news was published of Danish astronomer Ole Rømer's measurement of the speed of light.

Rømer's work was based on observations of the eclipses of the moons of Jupiter. At that time not everyone was convinced that light even had a finite speed.


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