This Week In Space History


      Thursday March 30th:
            1981 Soyuz-39 Lands.
            1982 STS-3 Lands at White Sands, N.M. (Northrup Strip).
            2006 Soyuz TMA-8 Launch. Vinogradov and J. Williams (Expedition 13) and Pontes (Brazil) to ISS.

      Friday March 31st:
            1966 Luna-10 Launch. First Lunar orbiting satellite.
            1970 Explorer-1 First US orbital satellite re-enters after 58,000 orbits.
            1987 Kavant Astrophysics module docked to Mir.

      Saturday April 1st:

      Sunday April 2nd:
            1963 Luna-4 Launch. First of 5 flights to test soft landing on Moon.
            1964 Zond-1 Launched toward Venus. Fails during interplanetary cruise.
            2010 Launch of Soyuz TMA-18. Skvortsov, Kornienko, and Dyson to join ISS Expedition 23.

      Monday April 3rd:
            1973 Salyut-2 Launch. Never occupied.
            1984 Soyuz-T-11/T-10B Launch. Malyshev, Strekalov, Sharma (India). Dock with Salyut-7.
            2008 ESA Jules Verne ATV docks to ISS.

      Tuesday April 4th:
            1960 Tiros-1 First weather sat launched.
            1968 Second Saturn V launch. First stage pogo, 2nd stage engine malfunction,
3rd stage failure to restart. The next one was piloted!
            1983 Launch of STS-6 - Weitz, Bobko, Peterson, Musgrave. First Shuttle EVA.
            1997 Launch of STS-83 - Halsell, Still, Gernhardt, Janice Voss, Thomas, Crouch, Linteris.
Spacelab mission.
            2000 Soyuz TM-30 Launch. Zaletin, Kaleri. Re-occupy Mir for MirCorp.
            2011 Launch of Soyuz TMA-21. Samokutyaev, Borisenko, and Garan to join ISS Expedition 27/28.

      Wednesday April 5th:
            1973 Pioneer-11 Launched to Jupiter/Saturn flybys.
            1975 Soyuz-18A Launch. Lazarev, Makarov. First abort after launch.
            1991 Launch of STS-37 - Nagel, Cameron, Godwin, Ross, Apt
Fixed & Deployed Gamma Ray Observatory; Performed two EVAs.
            2002 Aqua (EOS-PM) Earth Observing System satellite launch.
            2010 Launch of STS-131, Discovery to ISS
Poindexter, Dutton, Mastracchio, Metcalf-Lindenberger, Wilson, Yamazaki, Anderson
Leonardo logistics module and MPESS carrier.




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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