. On this day in 1972 – July 23rd – the USA launched Landsat 1.
The near-polar orbiting spacecraft served as a stabilized, Earth-oriented platform for obtaining information on Earth resources of all kinds, meteorology, pollution, etc. Over the lifetime of the satellite it provided around 300,000 images.
. On this day in 1950 – July 24th – the first rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Cape Canaveral - which for a time was called Cape Kennedy - became the launch site for the manned space program. After the last space shuttle retired, the USA could only put astronauts into space via Russian launches. Then on November 15, 2020, a SpaceX Dragon was launched from Cape Canaveral with four astronauts.
. On this day in 1801 – July 27th – English mathematician and Astronomer Royal Sir George Biddell Airy was born in Alnwick, Northumberland.
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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