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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #931770
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On this day in 1956 - November 19th - NASA astronaut Eileen Collins was born.

Collins, who had been a military test pilot, was the first woman to pilot a space shuttle and the first woman commander of a space shuttle.


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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #931771
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On this day in 1969 - November 19th - Apollo 12 astronauts landed on the Moon in the southeastern part of the Ocean of Storms.

Mission commander Charles "Pete" Conrad and Lunar Module Pilot Alan L. Bean carried out lunar surface tasks, Command Module Pilot Richard F. Gordon remained in lunar orbit.


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On this day in 2005 - November 19th - the Hayabusa spacecraft of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) became the first ever to lift off from an asteroid.

It had collected a sample of material from near-Earth asteroid 25143 Itokawa, which it then returned to Earth.


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On this day in 1918 - November 19th - Dutch astronomer and mathematician Hendrik C. van de Hulst was born.

Hulst predicted the existence of the 21 cm hyperfine line of neutral interstellar hydrogen. When it was discovered, he worked with Jan Oort and others to use radio astronomy to map out the neutral hydrogen in the Milky Way, which first revealed our galaxy's spiral structure.


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On this day in 1889 - November 20th - American astronomer Edwin Hubble was born.

His work showed that the Universe was much bigger than our own Galaxy and provided evidence for an expanding universe. The Hubble Space Telescope is named for him.


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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #931780
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On this day in 2004 - November 20th - NASA's Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory (previously called the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission) was launched.

The mission, with international participation, was to help solve the mystery of gamma-ray bursts.


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On this day in 1998 - November 20th - the Zarya module was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

Zarya was the first module of the International Space Station. A much expanded space station is still operating with crews made up of astronauts from many nations.




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On this day in 1977 - November 23rd - Meteosat-1 was launched by EUMETSAT (a European intergovernmental agency).

Meteosat-1 was the first of the first generation of Meteosat satellites, which have provided continuous and reliable meteorological observations from space to a large user community.


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On this day in 2011 - November 26th - the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity was launched.

Curiosity is still exploring Mars.


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On this day in 1965 - November 26th - France became the third nation to launch its own satellite.

Astérix was launched from a launch site in French Algeria.


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