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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #931466 08/30/19 03:22 PM
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On this day in 1745 - August 30th - German astronomer Johann Hieronymus Schröter was born.

He built his own observatory and devoted himself primarily to solar and planetary astronomy. His two volumes on lunar topography reached levels of detail that were to remain unsurpassed for many years.


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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #931468 08/31/19 09:18 AM
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On this day in 1913 - August 31st - English radio astronomer Bernard Lovell was born.

Lovell was a pioneer of radio astronomy and founded the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, England in 1945. When the telescope was built there - later named the Lovell Telescope - it was for many years the largest steerable radio telescope in the world.


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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #931470 09/01/19 08:30 AM
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On this day in 1979 - September 1st - NASA's probe Pioneer 11 became the first spacecraft to fly past Saturn.

Pioneer 11 is now over 100 times farther away from the Sun than Earth is - its final signal was received in 2003.


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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #931478 09/02/19 07:31 AM
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On this day in 1979 - September 3rd - NASA's Viking 2 landed on Mars.

Viking 2 was one half of NASA's first astrobiology mission to the red planet.


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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #931492 09/04/19 02:50 PM
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On this day in 1970 - September 3rd - NASA cancelled the last two planned lunar landings.

Apollos 18 and 19 were officially cancelled following cuts to NASA’s budget for 1971. The Cold War political point had been made and the public had also lost interest after the excitement of Apollo 11.


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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #931503 09/05/19 02:06 PM
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On this day in 2008 - September 5th - ESA's Rosetta Mission made its closest approach to asteroid (2867) Steins at a distance of 800 km.

This was Rosetta's first encounter with an asteroid and it produced data about the asteroid that couldn't have been obtained from Earth.


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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #931510 09/06/19 03:36 PM
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On this day in 1908 - September 5th - Edoardo Amaldi, the Italian cosmic-ray physicist, was born.

The reconstruction of the Italian scientific environment after World War II was due almost entirely to Amaldi, and he was one of the founding fathers of the European Space Research Organisation which would later become the ESA - European Space Agency.


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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #931518 09/07/19 01:10 PM
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On this day in 1977 - September 5th - NASA launched the Voyager 1 spacecraft.

Voyager 1 is now almost 147 AU from Earth - that's 147 times farther away from us than the distance from the Earth to the Sun. It's now in interstellar space.


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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #931519 09/07/19 01:59 PM
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On this day in 2013 - September 7th - NASA launched the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE).

The orbiter explored the lunar exosphere, and dust in the Moon's vicinity.


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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #931521 09/08/19 04:41 PM
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On this day in 2004 - September 8th - NASA's Genesis probe that had collected bits of solar wind, crash-landed when it returned to Earth.

Some samples were salvaged, as some of the contamination could be dealt with. The mission's major science objectives were achieved.


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