This Week In Space History


      Tuesday May 21st:
            1965 Ranger-9 Launch. 5814 photos. First closeups of crater interior.
            1986 Soyuz-TM-1 Launch. Unpiloted. Docked with Mir for 6 days.

      Wednesday May 22nd:
            1969 Apollo-10 Stafford, Cernan take LM down to 50,000 feet over Moon.
            1981 GOES-5 Launch. (Geostationary Operational Environmental Sat)
            1981 Soyuz-40 Lands.
            2012 Launch of Dragon C2+ spacecraft on SpaceX Falcon 9. First commercial cargo spacecraft to ISS.

      Thursday May 23rd:

      Friday May 24th:
            1962 Launch of Mercury 7 - Carpenter (100 x 167 nm, 32.5 degrees, 3 orbits) "Aurora 7"
            2006 Launch of GOES 13 (GOES N) weather satellite.
            2009 Landing of Atlantis, after mission STS-125 on Edwards runway 22, after the final HST servicing mission.
            2011 Return of Kondryatev, Nespoli, and Coleman aboard Soyuz TMA-20 after 167 days.
They photographed Endeavour docked to ISS.

      Saturday May 25th:
            1973 Launch of Skylab 2 - Conrad, Kerwin, Weitz.
Day-one EVA for repairs on the orbital workshop.
            1975 Soyuz-18B Launch. Klimuk, Sevastvanov. Dock with Salyut-4.
            1980 Soyuz-36/35 Launch. Kubasov, Farkas (Hungarian). Dock with Salyut-6.
            2012 Berthing of Dragon C2+ spacecraft to ISS. First delivery of cargo to ISS by a commercial spacecraft.

      Sunday May 26th:
            1969 Apollo-10 Splashdown first live color TV from space.
            1981 Soyuz-T-4 Lands.
            1991 Soyuz TM-11 lands. Afanasyev (175 days), Manarov (175 days), Sharman (British).
            2010 Landing of Atlantis after mission STS-132, on KSC runway 33.

      Monday May 27th:
            1961 President Kennedy proposes Apollo program to Congress.
"We choose to do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard."
            1999 Launch of STS-96 - Rominger, Husband, Jernigan, Ochoa, Berry, Payette, Tokarev.
ISS logistics flight.
            2009 Launch of Soyuz TMA-15. Romanenko, De Winne (ESA) and Thirsk (Canada), bringing ISS to 6 crew
along with Padelka, Barratt, and Wakata they constitute Expedition 20.
            2011 Final spacewalk from a Space Shuttle. Fincke and Chamitoff, 7 hours and 24 minutes.
162 Shuttle EVAs, starting on STS-6 in April 1983. 108 for ISS.




Space history data compiled by Jay Apt.   Thanks to the following good sources:
TRW Space Log, NASA Glenn Research Center Space Calendar,
Rick von Glahn's CompuServe SpaceForum archive,
Jonathan's Space Report, and astronautix.com


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