This Week In Space History

      Saturday February 25th:
            1972 Luna-20 Lands in blizzard on Earth with Lunar samples.
            1977 Soyuz-24 Lands. 17 days 16 hrs.
            1979 Soyuz-32/34 Launch. Lyakhov, Ryumin. Dock with Salyut-6.
            1996 Tethered Satellite deployed; tether broke 5 hours later.
            2007 Pluto New Horizons closest approach to Jupiter.
            2011 Launch of STS-133, Discovery to ISS
Lindsey, Boe, Drew, Bowen, Barratt, Stott
Eigth flight of Leonardo logistics module, now permanenty attached to ISS.

      Sunday February 26th:

      Monday February 27th:
            1966 Venera-2 Flyby of Venus (14883 miles). Communication fails.

      Tuesday February 28th:
            1959 Discoverer-1 Launch. First satellite in polar orbit.
            1990 Launch of STS-36 - Creighton, Casper, Mullane, Hilmers, Thuot. DoD mission.
            1999 Soyuz TM-28 lands. Padalka, Baturin, Haignere.

      Wednesday March 1st:
            1966 Venera-3 Impacts Venus. First spacecraft to reach that planet.
            1982 Venera-13 Probe decends to surface. Soil tests made. 8 colorpix.
            2002 Launch of STS-109 - Altman, Carey, Grunsfeld, Currie, Newman,
Linnehan, Massimino (HST Servicing Mission 3B).

      Thursday March 2nd:
            1968 Zond-4 Launch. Systems tests. Circum-terrestrial space examined.
            1978 Soyuz-28 Launch. Gubarev, Remek (Czech).
First international crew. Dock with Salyut-6.
            1995 Launch of STS-67 - Oswald, W. Gregory, Lawrence, Jernigan, Grunsfeld, Parise, Durrance.
            2004 Launch of ESA Rosetta asteroid and comet mission on Ariane 5.
Asteroid flybys in 2008 & 2010. Comet in 2014.
            2016 Return of Volkov, Kornienko and S. Kelly, aboard Soyuz TMA-18M after 340 days (Kornienko and S. Kelly) and 162 days (Volkov).

      Friday March 3rd:
            1915 NACA Founded.
            1959 Launch of Pioneer 4: First US spacecraft to reach Earth escape velocity.
            1959 Pioneer-4 Successfully approaches moon. Within 37K mi.
            1969 Launch of Apollo 9 - McDivitt, Scott, Schweickart. First piloted LM, 40 minute EVA (117 x 119 nm, 151 orbits).
            1971 China-2 Launch. A science sat called "Practice".
            1972 Pioneer-10 Launched to Jupiter flyby.
            1982 Venera-14 Probe seperates for decent.

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

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