This Week In Space History

      Saturday September 22nd:
            1993 Frank Culbertson flies Discovery to the first night landing at Kennedy Space Center,
ending STS-51's 10-day flight.
            2014 Maven space probe enters Mars orbit to study atmospheric evolution.

      Sunday September 23rd:
            1846 Neptune discovered.
            1976 Soyuz-22 Lands.
            1999 Mars Climate Orbiter lost due to poor navigation and subsequent unplanned entry into atmosphere.

      Monday September 24th:
            1970 Luna-16 Lands on Earth with Lunar sample cargo.

      Tuesday September 25th:
            1973 SkyLab-3 2nd Crew Returns after 59 day mission.
            1992 Launch of Mars Observer.
            1997 Launch of STS-86 - Weatherbee, Bloomfield, Parazynski, Titov, Chretien, Lawrence,
Wolf (to Mir), Foale (return).
            2008 Shenzhou 7 launch. Zhai Zhigang, Liu Boming and Jing Haipeng.
            2010 Return of Skvortsov, Kornienko, and Dyson aboard Soyuz TMA-18 after 178 days.
            2013 Launch of Soyuz TMA-10M. Kotov, Ryanzanskiy, and Hopkins to join ISS Expedition 37/38.
            2014 Launch of Soyuz TMA-14M. Samokutyaev, Serova, and Wilmore to join ISS Expedition 41/42.

      Wednesday September 26th:
            1980 Soyuz-38 Lands.
            1996 Landing of STS-79 at Kennedy Space Center (runway 15).
Shannon Lucid sets 188-day US record.

      Thursday September 27th:
            1973 Soyuz-12 Launch. Lazarev, Makarov. Post-disaster systems test.
            1983 Soyuz-T-10A Titov, Strekalov. Pad fire. First use of escape tower.
            1985 Soyuz-T-13 Lands. Dzhanibekov, Grechko return.
            2007 Launch of Dawn to Ceres and Vesta with xenon ion drive and hydrazine.
            2008 First Chinese EVA, by Zhai Zhigang and Liu Boming from Shenzhou 7. 45 minutes at vacuum.

      Friday September 28th:
            1971 Luna-19 Launched to Lunar orbit. Hi-resolution mapping.
            2008 First successful lauch of Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon 1, after 3 failures.

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

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