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On this day in 1829 – January 27th – pioneering astrophotographer Isaac Roberts was born.

Roberts was a Welsh amateur astronomer, and a fellow of the Royal Geological Society. He developed a photographic technique which made it possible to capture faint objects. Roberts's photograph of the Andromeda Nebula actually showed the spiral structure of M31.


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On this day in 1941 – January 27th – New Zealand astrophysicist Beatrice Hill Tinsley was born.

Beatrice Tinsley began her career late, and died in 1981, but in the intervening years she revolutionized our view of galactic evolution. Her pioneering work continues to be regularly cited by researchers.


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On this day in 1967 – January 27th – the crew of Apollo 1, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee, died when fire swept through the command module during a preflight test.

They are commemorated at the Astronaut Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


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On this day in 1611 – January 28th – Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius was born.

Johannes Hevelius studied sunspots, produced a lunar chart, discovered several comets, and compiled an important star atlas. He was one of the most influential astronomers of the 17th century.


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On this day in 1986 – January 28th – NASA's space shuttle Challenger was engulfed in a huge fireball soon after launch. The seven crew members perished in the accident.

They are commemorated at the Astronaut Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida


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On this day in 1935 – January 29th – Czech astronomer Luboš Kohoutek was born.

Kohoutek has discovered over 70 minor planets, a number of planetary nebulae, a supernova and several comets. His name is probably best known internationally from the periodic comets that bear his name.


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On this day in 1958 – January 31st – the United States launched Explorer 1.

The first satellite launched by the United States, it was part of the U.S. participation in the International Geophysical Year. It was the first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt.


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On this day in 2003 – February 1st – NASA's space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry, killing the seven crew members.

They are commemorated at the Astronaut Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


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