On this day in 1995 - June 28th - the first docking between the Soviet space station Mir and the American Space Shuttle took place.
Daniel Goldin, chief of NASA, called it the beginning of “a new era of friendship and cooperation” between the U.S. and Russia. It helped to pave the way for the creation of the International Space Station.
On this day in 1868 - June 29th - George Ellery Hale, American solar astronomer, was born.
Hale was a key figure in the realization of three major telescopes, the 40-inch refractor at Yerkes Observatory, 60-inch Hale and 100-inch Hooker reflectors at Mount Wilson Observatory, and the 200-inch Hale reflector at Palomar Observatory
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