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On this day in 1971 - June 6th - Soyuz 11 was launched with the first crew to occupy the Salyut 1 space station.

Salyut 1 was the very first space station - it was launched into low earth orbit by the Soviet Union in April 1971.


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On this day in 1932 - June 6th - Apollo astronaut Dave Scott was born.

Scott was the commander of Apollo 15 and the seventh person to walk on the Moon.


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On this day in 1992 - June 7th - the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE) was launched.

This NASA space telescope was the first one designed especially for the short-wave ultraviolet range. It went on to compile an all-sky survey of 801 astronomical targets.


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On this day in 1625 - June 8th - Italian-French astronomer Giovanni Domenico (Jean-Dominique) Cassini was born.

Cassini was one of the most important astronomers of the 17-18th centuries, and was the first of four Cassinis to direct the Paris Observatory. The NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn bore his name because of his study of Saturn, which included the discovery of four of Saturn's moons.


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On this day in 1812 - June 9th - German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle was born.

Galle is best known for his being the first person to see the planet Neptune, knowing what he was seeing. This followed his search for the planet using the calculations Urbain Le Verrier had sent him. (Who discovered Neptune?)


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On this day in 1975 - June 9th - the Soviet Union launched the Venera 9 mission.

It consisted of an orbiter and a lander. The orbiter was the first spacecraft to orbit Venus, while the lander was the first to return images from the surface of another planet.


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On this day in 2003 - June 10th - NASA's Mars rover Spirit was launched.

The original plan was for a three-month mission, but the mission wasn't finally terminated until May 2011.


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On this day in 1710 - June 10th - Scottish telescope maker and astronomer James Short was born.

Short produced the first telescopes with nearly distortionless mirrors, and was the principal British collator and computer of the 'Transit of Venus' observations made throughout the world on 6 June 1761.


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On this day in 2008 - June 11th - the Fermi Gamma Ray space telescope was launched.

The space observatory performs gamma-ray observations from low Earth orbit. Gamma rays are the highest energy radiation in the electromagnetic spectrum. The mission is a joint venture of NASA, the United States Department of Energy, and government agencies in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Sweden.


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On this day in 1985 - June 11th - the descent module of the Soviet Vega 1 arrived on Venus.

After releasing the descent module, the probe Vega 1 got a gravitational assist from Venus and continued its journey to intercept Comet Halley.


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