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On this day in 1979 - July 11th - NASA's Skylab re-entered the atmosphere.

Skylab had orbited for seven years and provided valuable data for human space flight.


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On this day in 2000 - July 12th - the Zvezda Service Module was launched to the International Space Station (ISS).

It was the third module launched to the station, and provides all of the station's life support systems, as well as living quarters for two crew members. It's the structural and functional center of the Russian Orbital Segment.


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On this day in 2015 - July 14th - NASA's New Horizons mission made a historic fly-by of Pluto and its moons.

Planetary scientists are still trying to puzzle out the completely unexpected things that the mission saw there.


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On this day in 1965 - July 15th - NASA's Mariner 4 completed the first successful flyby of the planet Mars, returning the first close-up pictures of the Martian surface.

The images were the first images of another planet ever returned from deep space.


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On this day in 1943 - July 15th - Northern Irish astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell was born.

As a graduate student she first noted what turned out to be rotating neutron stars. Until then neutron stars were only theoretically an endpoint of the evolution of massive stars.


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On this day in 1975 - July 15th - the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome and the Kennedy Space Center.

It was the first joint U.S.-Soviet space flight, a symbol of détente between the superpowers - it involved the docking of an Apollo Command/Service Module with the Soviet Soyuz.


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On this day in 1969 - July 16th - Apollo 11 was launched.

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins set off for the Moon. They weren't the first to visit our satellite, but two of them would be the first to land on it.


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On this day in 2011 - July 16th - NASA's Dawn spacecraft entered orbit around the asteroid Vesta.

The spacecraft moved on to dwarf planet Ceres where it was active until November 2018.


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On this day in 1994 - July 16th - the first fragment of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacted Jupiter.

The comet was torn apart by tidal forces in Jupiter's strong gravity. It was the first time that such an impact was witnessed.


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On this day in 1746 - July 16th - Sicilian mathematician and astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi was born.

He established an observatory at Palermo, and his most famous discovery was the first asteroid Ceres, now classified as a dwarf planet.


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