This Week In Space History


      Wednesday April 26th:
            1993 Launch of STS-55 - Nagel, Henricks, Ross, Precourt, Harris, Walter, Schlegel (2 German PS's).
Spacelab D-2.
            1996 Priroda laboratory module docking; completion of Mir.
            2003 Soyuz TMA-2 Launch. Malenchenko and Lu to ISS (Expedition 7). First 2-person ISS crew.

      Thursday April 27th:
            1972 Apollo-16 Splashdown after 11 days.
            1989 Soyuz TM-7 lands. Volkov (151 days), Krikalev (151 days).
            2012 Return of Shkaplerov, Ivanishin, and Burbank aboard Soyuz TMA-22 after 166 days.

      Friday April 28th:
            1983 GOES-6 Launch. (Geostationary Operational Environmental Sat)
            1991 Launch of STS-39 - Coats, Hammond, Bluford, Veach, Hieb, McMonagle, Harbaugh.
Unclassified SDI paylaod.
            2001 Soyuz TM-32 Launch. Musabayev, Baturin, Tito (tourist) to ISS.
            2003 Launch of GALEX UV satellite (Pegasus XL).
            2006 Launch of Cloudsat and Calipso, joining Aqua and Aura in the "A Train" Earth observations orbit.

      Saturday April 29th:
            1965 Explorer-27 Launch. 4th in series of ionosphere exp. satellites.
            1985 Launch of STS 51-B - Overmyer, F. Gregory, Lind, Thagard, W.Thornton, van den Berg, Wang.

      Sunday April 30th:
            2004 Return of ISS Expedition 8 crew after 194 days, aboard Soyuz TMA-3
Kaleri and Foale, with Kuipers (ESA).

      Monday May 1st:

      Tuesday May 2nd:




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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