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On this day in 2011 - July 8th - STS-135 Atlantis was launched, the final space shuttle mission.

By the end of that mission, Atlantis had orbited the Earth a total of 4,848 times, traveling nearly 126,000,000 mi (203,000,000 km) or more than 525 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon.


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At one time we all watched and kept up with all of NASA's doings. I miss reading about the accomplishments.

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On this day in 1962 - July 10th - Telstar 1 was launched.

It was the beginning of a revolution in global communications.


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On this day in 1992 - July 10th - ESA's Giotto spacecraft flew past comet Grigg-Skjellerup.

Having successfully returned images and data from Halley's Comet in 1986, the flyby of Grigg-Skjellerup was the completion of Giotto's mission.


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On this day in 1732 - July 11th - French astronomer Jérôme Lalande was born.

He held the chair of astronomy in the Collège de France in for nearly half a century and a number of his pupils became distinguished astronomers. As well as being an observer, Lalande also gave popular lectures and wrote about astronomy.


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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 2019 - July 13th - the Russian Spektr RG X-ray Observatory launched.

The satellite is a Russian–German high-energy astrophysics space observatory.


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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.

The data that came home has revolutionized our conception of the dwarf planet.


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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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