This Week In Space History


      Tuesday February 19th:
            1960 Discoverer-10 Launch. Veered off course, destroyed.
            1986 Mir Base Block Launch.
            1990 Soyuz TM-8 lands. Viktorenko (166 days), Serebrov (166 days).

      Wednesday February 20th:
            1962 Launch of Mercury 6 - Glenn (100 x 163 nm, 32.5 degrees, 3 orbits) "Friendship 7"
            1999 Soyuz TM-29 Launch. Afanasyev, Bella, Haignere (French).
            2008 Landing of Atlantis, after mission STS-122, on KSC runway 15 with Tani from Expedition 16.

      Thursday February 21st:
            1963 Telestar-1 electronics knocked out by atomic test.
            1972 Luna-20 Touchdown on Moon.
            1996 Soyuz TM-23 Launch. Onufrienko and Usachyov (Mir-21 crew)
            2008 Destruction of the NRO satellite USA 193 by an SM-3 missile fired from the USS Lake Erie.
            2010 Landing of Endeavour after mission STS-130, on KSC runway 15.

      Friday February 22nd:
            1972 Luna-20 Samples launched from Moon to Earth.
            1986 Spot-1 Launch. French commercial remote sensing satellite in polar orbit.
            1996 Launch of STS-75 - Allen, Horowitz, Hoffman, Cheli, Nicollier, Chang-Diaz, Guidoni. TSS, USMP.

      Saturday February 23rd:

      Sunday February 24th:
            1968 Jocelyn Bell discovers the first Pulsar.
            1969 Launch of Mariner 6. Flew over equator of Mars at 2120 miles on 7/31/69; sent 75 TV pictures.
            2009 Failed launch of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory
lost due to Taurus XL's payload fairing failure to separate.

      Monday 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.




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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