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On this day in 1930 - August 5th - Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11 astronaut and the first human to set foot on another world, was born.

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On this day in 2007 - August 5th - NASA's Juno spacecraft was launched to Jupiter.

Juno is currently getting amazing close-up pictures of Jupiter.

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On this day in 2014 - August 6th - ESA's Rosetta became the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet.

After a decade-long journey chasing the comet, Rosetta met up with Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.




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On this day in 1961 - August 6th - the Soviet Vostok 2 was launched, the first full day mission.

Cosmonaut Gherman Titov became the second man in space and the first person to sleep in space.

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On this day in 2012 - August 6th - the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity landed on Mars.

Curiosity continues to carry out her mission of searching for signs of habitable environments, past and present, on the red planet.

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On this day in 1989 - August 8th - the European Space Agency (ESA) satellite Hipparcos was launched.

It was the first space experiment devoted to the accurate measurement of the positions of celestial objects in the sky. It operated until 1993.



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On this day in 1576 - August 8th - Tycho Brahe laid the cornerstone for Uraniborg.

Uraniborg, built on the island of Hven between Denmark and Sweden, was a custom-built observatory and research center, the most advanced that had ever been seen at that time.

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On this day in 1948 - August 8th - Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya was born.

She was the second woman in space and the first to carry out a spacewalk.

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On this day in 2001 - August 8th - NASA's Genesis spacecraft was launched.

Genesis was a sample-return probe designed to collect a sample of solar wind and return it to Earth for analysis.

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On this day in 2000 - August 9th - the European Space Agency (ESA) launched the second pair of Cluster satellites.

They completed the four-satellite constellation of the Cluster II mission, which is still making the most detailed investigation yet of how the Sun and Earth interact.

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