This Week In Space History


      Tuesday July 23rd:
            1972 Landsat-1 Launch. (aka ERTS 1)
            1980 Soyuz-37/36 Launch. Gorbatko, Tuan (Viet.). Dock with Salyut-6.
            1999 Launch of STS-93 - Collins, Ashby, Coleman, Hawley, Tognini.
Deployed Chandra X-Ray observatory.

      Wednesday July 24th:
            1969 Apollo-11 Splashdown. Humans' first return from landing on another world.
            1975 US Apollo-Soyuz Splashdown. Hydrazine fumes contamitation in cockpit.

      Thursday July 25th:
            1973 USSR Mars-5 Launched to Mars orbit.

      Friday July 26th:
            1958 Explorer-4 Launch. Mapped Project Argus radiation.
            1963 SynCom-2 First successful GEO ComSat. Relays Japan '64 Olympics.
            1971 Launch of Apollo 15 - Scott, Worden, Irwin.
            1975 Soyuz-18B Lands. 63 days in orbit aboard Salyut-4.
            1975 China-3 Launch. Purpose undetermined.
            2005 Launch of STS-114, Discovery, 30 months after Columbia's final launch.
Collins, J. Kelly, Robinson, Thomas, Lawrence, Camarda, Noguchi.
Substantial foam loss from ET.

      Saturday July 27th:
            1992 Soyuz TM-15 Launch. Solovyov, Avdeyev, Tognini (French). To MIR.

      Sunday July 28th:
            1964 Launch of Ranger 7, first lunar hard lander to transmit TV pictures.
            1973 Launch of Skylab 3 - Bean, Garriott, Lousma (second crew).
            2017 Launch of Ryazanskiy, Bresnik and Nespoli aboard Soyuz MS-05 to join ISS Expedition 52/53.

      Monday July 29th:
            1958 Bill P185-568 signed, creating NASA.
            1984 Soyuz-T-12 Lands. Svetlana Savitskaya first woman to perform an EVA.
            1985 Launch of STS 51-F - Fullerton, Bridges, Musgrave, England (W0ORE), Henize, Acton, Bartoe.




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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