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On this day in 1826 – February 8th – Jules Verne was born.

The French author was a major European literary figure, best known in the English-speaking world for his exciting and influential adventure stories, many of which are considered early science fiction. Ray Bradbury said "We are all, in one way or another, the children of Jules Verne."


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Oh, so interesting! Love Julio Verne's books! Thanks for sharing, Mona!

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On this day in 1974 – February 8th – the last crew to occupy NASA's Skylab left it.

Skylab, the first US space station, was launched in May 1973. It was the first US space station.


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On this day in 1960 – February 9th – biochemist and NASA astronaut, Peggy Whitson, was born in Mount Ayr, Iowa, USA.

Whitson was the first woman to command the International Space Station (twice). She was also NASA's Chief Astronaut and although now retired, still has the record for the most time in space of any NASA astronaut.


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On this day in 2010 – February 11th – NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) was launched.

The SDO observes the Sun in order to understand the ways in which it affects the Earth, such as space weather.


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On this day in 2001 – February 12th – NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft landed on the asteroid 433 Eros.

NEAR (Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous) Shoemaker was the first spacecraft ever to make a soft landing on an asteroid.


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On this day in 1852 – February 13th – Johan Dreyer was born in Copenhagen.

Dreyer was a prominent astronomer and writer. He was born in Denmark but became a British citizen. Dreyer is best remembered for his New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars (based on the Herschel catalogues of nebulae). The catalogue numbers are still in use, prefixed by NGC.


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On this day in 1980 – February 14th – NASA's Solar Maximum mission was launched.

Solar Max was designed to investigate solar phenomena, particularly solar flares.


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On this day in 1990 – February 14th – NASA's Voyager 1 took a Family Portrait, looking towards the Sun from 6 billion km away.

Earth is only one pixel of the image, christened by Carl Sagan "the pale blue dot"


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On this day in 2000 – February 14th – NASA's NEAR-Shoemaker spacecraft went into orbit around the asteroid Eros.

The asteroid was named for Eros, the Greek god of love, son of the goddess of love Aphrodite.


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