This Week In Space History


      Tuesday March 9th:
            1961 Sputnik-9 Launch. 4th Vostok test. Dog, Chernushka, recovered.
            1974 USSR Mars-7 Arrives vicinity Mars. System fails.
            1986 Vega-2 Flyby Halley's Comet.
            2008 Launch of ESA's first Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle from Kourou on Ariane 5ES.
            2011 Landing of Discovery, after STS-133, her last mission, on KSC runway 15.
39 flights, 148,221,675 miles traveled, 5,830 orbits of Earth and 365 days aloft on 39 missions.

      Wednesday March 10th:
            1978 Soyuz-28 Lands.
            2006 Mars Reconnasance Orbiter enters Mars orbit.

      Thursday March 11th:
            1960 Pioneer-5 first deep space probe. 22 million miles from Earth.
            2008 Launch of STS-123, Endeavour to ISS with Japanes Logistics Module (JLP) and Canadian Dextre manipulator.
Gorie, Johnson, Linnehan, Behnken, Foreman, Doi, and Reisman (joining Expedition 16).
Eyharts (ESA) returned after 50 days.
            2014 Return of Kotov, Ryanzanskiy, and Hopkins aboard Soyuz TMA-10M after 167 days.

      Friday March 12th:
            1974 USSR Mars-6 Arrives Mars orbit. Deploys lander. Telemetry fails on landing.
            2015 Return of Samokutyaev, Wilmore, and Serova aboard Soyuz TMA-14M after 168 days.

      Saturday March 13th:
            1781 Uranus discovered by William Herschel (in Bath, England).
            1969 Apollo-9 Splashdown after 10 days.
            1981 Soyuz-T-4 Launch. Kovalyonok, Savinykh. Dock w/ Salyut 6.
            1986 Soyuz-T-15 Launch. Kizim, Solovyev. First Mir expedition.
            1986 Giotto Flyby of Halley's Comet.
            1989 Launch of STS-29 - Coats, Blaha, Buchli, Springer, Bagian.
            2015 Launch of NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission 4-satellite tetrahedron formation flight.

      Sunday March 14th:
            1995 Soyuz TM-21 Launch. Dezhurov, Strekalov, Thagard (American)
            2016 Launch of ESA ExoMars mission with Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli lander.
            2019 Launch of Ovchinin, Hague, and Koch aboard Soyuz MS-12 to begin ISS Expedition 59/60.

      Monday March 15th:
            2009 Launch of STS-119, Discovery to ISS with S6 truss and solar arrays.
Archambault, Antonelli, Acaba, Phillips, Swanson, Arnold and Wakata (Japan, ISS Expeditions 18 and 19).




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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