. On this day in 1732 – July 11th – French astronomer Jérôme Lalande was born in Bourg-en-Bresse.
He held the chair of astronomy in the Collège de France in for nearly half a century and a number of his students became distinguished astronomers. As well as being an observer, Lalande also gave popular lectures and wrote about astronomy.
Mona, did you make a reservation to take a flight on Virgin Galactic?
Angie, absolutely not. I have no wish to travel into space. And the billionaire space race isn't lighting up my life either. It doesn't sit well with the climate summits.
Though I admit that I can't help being pleased that Jeff Bezos is taking Wally Funk on his Blue Origin flight. She's an extraordinary woman and should have been a NASA astronaut, but it was only military pilots - no girls allowed - in the early days.
. 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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