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On this day in 1982 - July 25th - Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space.

The Soviet cosmonaut was the first woman to go into space after Valentina Tereshkova's initial flight nineteen years earlier.


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On this day in 2000 - July 25th - the Zvezda Service Module docked with International Space Station.

It was the first fully Russian contribution to the International Space Station and served as the early cornerstone for the first human habitation of the station.


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On this day in 1971 - July 26th - Apollo 15 was launched.

This would be the first mission to use the lunar rover to explore the Moon.


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On this day in 1609 - July 26th - English astronomer and mathematician Thomas Harriot looked at the Moon through a telescope, and made a dated sketch of what he saw.

It's the oldest known drawing of a telescopic body - it was made nearly four months before Galileo's first drawing.


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On this day in 1801 - July 27th - English mathematician and Astronomer Royal Sir George Biddell Airy was born.

He's known for his work on planetary orbits, measuring the mean density of the Earth and, in his role as Astronomer Royal, for establishing the meridian in Greenwich in London that became the prime meridian of the world.



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On this day in 1638 - July 28th - the English polymath Robert Hooke, often called "England's Leonardo", was born.

Hooke contributed to astronomy, geology, structural engineering, chemistry and physics, helped rebuild London after the Great Fire, and was a renowned experimenter, inventor, musician and artist.


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On this day in 1851 - July 28th - the first successful photographic image of a solar eclipse, showing the Sun's corona, was made.

The eclipse image was a daguerrotype made by J. Berkowski at the Royal Observatory in Königsberg, Germany (now Kaliningrad, Russia).


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On this day in 1919 - July 28th - The International Astronomical Union (IAU) was founded.

Its mission is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development, through international cooperation.


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On this day in 1999 - July 31st - NASA's Lunar Prospector mission ended.

The probe investigated the Moon from low polar orbit, among other things mapping surface composition and possible polar ice deposits. The orbiter was deliberately crashed into a crater near the lunar south pole in the hope that it would create a plume in which water could be detected. (It didn't.)


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On this day in 1971 - July 31st - the first vehicle was driven on the Moon.

By using the lunar rover, astronauts Dave Scott and Jim Irwin were able to explore more widely than anyone had before.


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