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On this day in 2007 – August 4th – the Phoenix Mars Lander was launched.

The program was a partnership of universities in several countries directed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Its purpose was to look for environments suitable for microbial life on Mars.


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On this day in 2011 – August 4th – NASA's Juno spacecraft was launched to Jupiter.

Juno is currently getting amazing close-up pictures of Jupiter.


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On this day in 1930 – August 5th – Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11 astronaut and the first human to set foot on another world, was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA.


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On this day in 1961 – August 6th – the Soviet Vostok 2 was launched, the first full day mission.

Cosmonaut Gherman Titov became the second man in space and the first person to sleep in space.


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On this day in 2014 – August 6th – ESA's Rosetta became the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet.

Rosetta finally met up with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after a decade-long journey chasing it.


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On this day in 2012 – August 6th – the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity landed on Mars.

Curiosity continues to carry out the mission of searching for signs of habitable environments, past and present, on the red planet.


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On this day in 1576 – August 8th – Tycho Brahe laid the cornerstone for Uraniborg.

Uraniborg, built on the island of Hven between Denmark and Sweden, was a custom-built observatory and research center, the most advanced that had ever been seen at that time.


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On this day in 1948 – August 8th – Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya was born in Moscow.

She was the second woman in space and the first to carry out a spacewalk.


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On this day in 1989 – August 8th – the European Space Agency (ESA) satellite Hipparcos was launched.

It was the first space experiment devoted to the accurate measurement of the positions of celestial objects in the sky. It operated until 1993.


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