This Week In Space History


      Wednesday May 27th:
            1961 President Kennedy proposes Apollo program to Congress.
"We choose to do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard."
            1999 Launch of STS-96 - Rominger, Husband, Jernigan, Ochoa, Berry, Payette, Tokarev.
ISS logistics flight.
            2009 Launch of Soyuz TMA-15. Romanenko, De Winne (ESA) and Thirsk (Canada), bringing ISS to 6 crew
along with Padelka, Barratt, and Wakata they constitute Expedition 20.
            2011 Final spacewalk from a Space Shuttle. Fincke and Chamitoff, 7 hours and 24 minutes.
162 Shuttle EVAs, starting on STS-6 in April 1983. 108 for ISS.

      Thursday May 28th:
            1971 USSR Mars-3 Launched to Mars orbit.
            2013 Launch of Soyuz TMA-09M. Yurchikin, Nyberg, and Parmitano to join ISS Expedition 36/37.
            2014 Launch of Soyuz TMA-13M. Suraev, Wiseman, and Gerst to join ISS Experdition 40/41.
            2016 Bigelow Expansion Activity Module (BEAM) attached to ISS Node 3 sucessfully pressurized and expanded.

      Friday May 29th:
            1974 Luna-22 Launched to Lunar orbit. Mapping.

      Saturday May 30th:
            1966 Launch of Surveyer 1, first US lunar soft lander, transmitted 11,150 photos through 7-13-1966.
            1971 Mariner-9 Launched to Mars orbit.
            1986 Soyuz-TM-1 Lands.

      Sunday May 31st:
            2008 Launch of STS-124, Discovery to ISS with Kibo Pressurized Module
M. Kelly, Ham, Fossum, Nyberg, Garan, Hoshide (Japan) and Chamitoff (joining Expedition 17).
            2012 Return of Dragon C2+ spacecraft with ISS cargo. First return of cargo since decomissioning of Shuttles.

      Monday June 1st:
            1970 Soyuz-9 Launch. Nikolayev, Sevastyanov. Set endurance record of 17 days.
            1995 Spectr laboratory module docked to Mir.
            2011 Landing of Endeavour, after STS-134, her last mission, on KSC runway 15.
122,883,151 miles traveled, 4,677 orbits of the planet and 299 days aloft on 25 missions.

      Tuesday June 2nd:
            1966 Surveyor-1 Touchdown on Moon. First US soft landing on the Moon.
            1974 Luna-22 Arrives in Lunar orbit. Mapping.
            1980 Soyuz-36/35 Lands.
            1983 Venera-15 Launched to Venus.
            1998 Launch of STS-91 - Precourt, Gorie, Lawrence, Chang-Diaz, Kavandi, Ryumin.
Last US flight to Mir.
            2003 Launch of Mars Express, with Beagle lander on Soyuz-FG/Fregat.
            2010 Return of Kotov, Creamer, and Noguchi aboard Soyuz TMA-17 after 166 days.
            2010 Launch of SpaceX's first Falcon 9.
            2017 Return of Novitskiy and Pesquet aboard Soyuz MS-03 after 198 days.




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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