This Week In Space History


      Friday November 27th:
            1965 First French satellite launched, on Diamant; France becomes third nation to orbit its own satellite.
            1971 USSR Mars-2 Arrives Mars orbit. Deploys lander but it fails.
            1980 Soyuz-T-3 Launch. Kizim, Makarov, Strekalov. Dock w/ Salyut 6.
            2009 Landing of Atlantis after mission STS-129, on KSC runway 33
Final Space Shuttle crew rotation flight to ISS (returning Stott).

      Saturday November 28th:
            1964 Mariner-4 Launched to Mars flyby.
            1983 Launch of STS-9 - Young, Shaw, Garriott (W5LFL), Parker, Lichtenberg, Merbold.
            1996 Stuck hatch cancels 2 EVAs from Columbia on STS-80.

      Sunday November 29th:
            1961 Launch of Mercury-Atlas 5 with chimp Enos (2 orbits, 110 x 148 nm)
            2008 Landing of Endeavour, after mission STS-126 on runway 04L at Edwards with Chamitoff from Expedition 18.

      Monday November 30th:
            1964 Zond-2 Launched toward Mars. Fails during interplanetary cruise.
            1970 OAO-B Launch. Fails to orbit.

      Tuesday December 1st:
            1960 Sputnik-6 Launch. 3rd Vostok test. Dog dies in failed recovery.
            2000 Launch of STS-97 - Jett, Bloomfield, Tanner, Garneau, Noriega.
ISS Assembly Flight 4A, P6 Truss.
            2009 Return of Romanenko, De Winne and Thirsk aboard Soyuz TMA-15 after 189 days.

      Wednesday December 2nd:
            1971 USSR Mars-3 Arrives Mars orbit. Lander soft lands but no images transmitted.
            1974 Soyuz-16 Launch. Filipchenko, Rukavishnikov. Test of systems for ASTP.
            1988 Launch of STS-27 - Gibson, G.Gardner, Mullane, Ross, Shepherd. DoD mission.
            1990 Launch of STS-35 - Brand, Gardner, Lounge, Parker, Hoffman, Durrance, Parise.
ASTRO-1 Spacelab.
            1990 Soyuz TM-11 Launch. Afanasyev, Manarov, Akiyama (Japanese). To MIR.
            1992 Launch of STS-53 - Walker, Cabana, Bluford, Jim Voss, Clifford. DoD.
            1993 Launch of STS-61 - Covey, Bowersox, Musgrave, Nicollier, Hoffman, K. Thornton, Akers.
First HST repair mission.
            2014 Launch of Japan's Hayabusa-2 to rendezvous and land on asteroid 1993 JU3 using 4 landers and one impactor.

      Thursday December 3rd:
            1965 Luna-8 Launch. Retros fire late. Impact, Ocean of Storms.
            1974 Pioneer-11 Flyby of Jupiter (26,683 miles). Enroute interstellar.
            1985 STS 61-B Lands at Edwards Air Force Base.
            1999 Mars Polar Lander contact lost during Mars entry.
            2010 Landing of DARPA/US Air Force X-37B orbital spaceplane OTV-1 after 226 days.
Second automated runway landing following orbital re-entry (first was Buran in 1988).
            2018 Launch of Kononenko, Saint-Jacques, and McClain aboard Soyuz MS-11 to join ISS Expedition 57/58.
            2018 OSIRIS-REx arrives at asteroid Bennu.




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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