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On this day in 2003 – May 9th – the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa ("peregrine falcon") was launched.

Hayabusa was the first mission to return a sample of material from an asteroid.


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On this day in 1915 – May 11th – Einstein's General Theory of Relativity was published.

Einstein's theory has often been tested and has passed every test - it's changed the way we view the cosmos.


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On this day in 2009 – May 11th – space shuttle mission STS-125 was launched.

STS-125 was the fifth and final servicing mission for the Hubble Space Telescope.


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On this day in 1930 – May 12th – the Adler Planetarium opened in Chicago.

It was the first planetarium in the western hemisphere.


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On this day in 1978 – May 12th – ESA's VILSPA ground station (now the European Space Astronomy Centre) in Spain was officially opened by their Majesties King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.

VILSPA was one of European Space Agency's original tracking stations and has been responsible for providing telemetry, tracking and command support to ESA as well as non-ESA satellites.


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On this day in 1973 – May 14th – NASA launched Skylab.

It was the first US space station, and it included a workshop, a solar observatory, and several hundred life science and physical science experiments.


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On this day in 2009 – May 14th – the European Space Agency (ESA) launched the Planck Space Observatory.

Launched along with the Herschel Space Observatory, from 2009-2013 Planck made high resolution studies of the cosmic microwave background radiation left over from the very early Universe.


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On this day in 1718 – May 15th – Johannes Kepler discovered the simple mathematical rule governing the orbits of the solar system's planets, now recognized as Kepler's Third Law of planetary motion.

Kepler's three laws described the orbital motions of the planets in a solar system where they orbited the Sun, not the Earth.


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On this day in 1857 – May 15th – Scottish-American astronomer Williamina Fleming was born in Dundee, Scotland.

Fleming, a computer at Harvard College Observatory, was a pioneer in the classification of stellar spectra. During the course of her career, she also discovered 10 novae, 52 nebulae, and 310 variable stars.


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