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.
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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