This Week In Space History


      Wednesday October 23rd:
            1968 Soyuz-2 Launch. Unpiloted target for Soyuz 3.
            1975 Venera-10 Arrives Venus orbit. Lander decends to surface and radios images.
            2007 Launch of STS-120, Discovery to ISS with Harmony Node-2.
Melroy, Zamka, Parazynski, Wilson, Wheelock, Nespoli (ESA) and Tani (joining Expedition 16).
Unscheduled EVA to repair tears and jam in SAW-4B solar array.
            2012 Launch of Soyuz TMA-06M. Novitskiy, Tarekin, and Ford to join ISS Expedition 33/34.

      Thursday October 24th:
            2004 Return of ISS Expedition 9 crew after 187 days, aboard Soyuz TMA-4
Padalka and Fincke, with Shargin (RSA).
            2007 Launch of Chang'e-1 Chinese lunar orbiter.
            2008 Return of ISS Expedition 17 crew after 200 days aboard Soyuz TMA-12
Volkov and Kononenko with R. Garriott (tourist).

      Friday October 25th:

      Saturday October 26th:
            1968 Launch of Soyuz 3, recovered the Soyuz program 18 months after Komarov's death.
Georgi Bergovoi rendezvoused to within 650' of target Soyuz 2. (127 x 140 nm, 51.4 degrees, 64 orbits).
            1973 Explorer-50 Launch. 10th in series of IMPs.
            1985 China-17 Re-entry vehicle recovered.
            2006 Launch of NASA STEREO solar observation satellites.

      Sunday October 27th:

      Monday October 28th:
            1974 Luna-23 Launched to Moon.
            2003 Return of ISS Expedition 7 crew after 184 days, aboard Soyuz TMA-2
Malenchenko and Lu, with Duque (ESA).
            2009 Launch of Ares I-X aerodynamic test vehicle.
            2014 Failed launch of Orbital Sciences' Cyngus cargo ship on Antares due to AJ26 first-stage motor.
            2015 Cassini flew 49 km from the surface of Enceladus.

      Tuesday October 29th:
            1998 Launch of STS-95 - C. Brown, Lindsey, Parazynski, Robinson, Duque, Glenn, Mukai.




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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