This Week In Space History


      Wednesday June 28th:
            2015 Loss of Dragon CRS-7 when a 2nd stage helium tank strut failed during Falcon 9 launch.

      Thursday June 29th:
            1960 Discoverer-12 Launch. 2nd stage instability. Fails to orbit.
            1961 Launch of Transit 4a, with the first nuclear power supply (SNAP-3)
            1971 Soyuz-11 Dovrovolsky, Volkov, Patsayev killed during reentry after Salyut-1 expedition.
A pressure equalization valve opened during jettison of the orbital module,
and the unsuited crew were unable to hand-crank the backup closed in time.
No further expeditions to Salyut-1 were attempted.
            1995 Hoot Gibson docks Atlantis to Mir for the first time.
            2012 Return of Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang, and Liu Yang after 14 days on Tiagong 1 spacelab.

      Friday June 30th:

      Saturday July 1st:
            1993 Soyuz TM-17 Launch. Tsibliyev, Serebrov, Haignere (French).
            1994 Soyuz TM-19 Launch. Malenchenko, Musabayev.
            1997 Launch of STS-95 - Halsell, Still, Gernhardt, Janice Voss, Thomas, Crouch, Linteris.
Reflight of STS-83 Spacelab.
            2004 Cassini enters orbit around Saturn.
            2012 Return of Kononenko, Kuipers, Pettit aboard Soyuz TMA-03M after 194 days.

      Sunday July 2nd:
            1982 Soyuz-T-6 Lands. Chretien (first French citizen in space).
            1985 Giotto Launched to Halley's Comet flyby.(ESA)
            2014 Launch of Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite on a Delta from Vandenberg AFB.

      Monday July 3rd:
            1974 Soyuz-14 Launch. Popovich,Artyukhin. Dock at Salyut-3.
            2002 Launch of Comet Nucleus Tour (CONTOUR). Lost due to probable AKM failure August 15 2002.

      Tuesday July 4th:
            1968 Explorer-38 Launch. First Radio Astronomy explorer. Earth orbit.
            1982 STS-4 Lands at Edwards Air Force Base.
            1997 Pathfinder / Soujourner land on Mars.
            2005 Deep Impact probe impact on Comet 9P/Tempel-1 at 10.2 km/sec.
Flyby at 500 km.
            2006 Launch of STS-121, Discovery, after a year of post STS-114 changes.
Lindsey, M. Kelly, Fossum, Nowak, S. Wilson, Sellers, and Reiter (ESA, joining Expedition 13) to ISS.




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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