This Week In Space History

      Sunday January 24th:
            1985 Launch of STS 51-C - Mattingly, Shriver, Onizuka, Buchli, Payton.
            1986 Voyager-2 Flyby of Uranus.
            1993 Soyuz TM-16 Launch. Manakov, Poleshchuk.

      Monday January 25th:
            1964 Launch of Echo 2, reflector baloon; first US-USSR cooperative experiment.
            1989 Soviet Phobos 1 entered Martian orbit.
            1994 Clementine Launch.
            2005 Landing of "Opportunuty" rover on Meridiani plains, Mars.

      Tuesday January 26th:
            1962 Ranger-3 Atlas over-accelerates. Misses moon. Solar orbit.
            1978 China-8 Launch. Recovered. Possible canine passenger.

      Wednesday January 27th:
            1967 Apollo-1 plugs-out pad test kills Grissom, White, and Chaffee.
            1985 STS 51-C Lands at Kennedy Space Center.

      Thursday January 28th:
            1986 Launch of STS 51-L kills Scobee, Smith, Resnik, Onizuka, McNair, Jarvis, and McAuliffe.

      Friday January 29th:
            1984 China-14 Launch. First Long March 3.(GEO capable) 3rd stage fails.
            1998 Soyuz TM-27 Launch. Musabaev, Budarin, Eyharts.

      Saturday January 30th:
            1964 Ranger-6 Impacts J. Caesar crater. TV fails after launch.
            2013 Launch of South Korea's first satellite, Naro-1 after 2 previous failures. Russian 1st stage. S. Korean second stage.
            2020 Spitzer Space Telescope (nee Space Infrared Telescope Facility), the 4th NASA Great Observatory, fails after 16 years.

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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