This Week In Space History

      Tuesday November 12th:
            1965 Venera-2 Launched to Venus flyby.
            1980 Voyager-1 Flyby of Saturn (77,054 miles). Enroute interstellar.
            1981 Launch of STS-2 - Engle, Truly
            1995 Launch of STS-74 - Cameron, Halsell, Ross, McArthur, Hadfield.
            2009 Poisk docking module docked to ISS' Zvezda module.
            2014 Landing of ESA's Philae on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after ejection from the Rosetta probe.

      Wednesday November 13th:
            1971 First human-made object to orbit another planet (Mariner 9; Mars).

      Thursday November 14th:
            1969 Launch of Apollo 12 - Conrad, Gordon, Bean.
            1981 STS-2 Lands at Edwards Air Force Base.
            2008 India's Chandrayaan-1 probe impacted near Shackleton Crater at the south pole of the Moon.
            2011 Launch of Soyuz TMA-22. Shkaplerov, Ivanishin, and Burbank to join ISS Expedition 29/30.

      Friday November 15th:
            1966 Gemini-12 Splashdown Gemini ends. Docking. EVA by Aldrin 5 hrs.
            1972 Explorer-48 Launch. Small Astro Sat (SAS-2). Milky way watch.
            1982 STS-5 Lands at Edwards Air Force Base.
            1988 Unpiloted test flight of Buran. 2 orbits; runway landing at Baikonur.
            1990 Launch of STS-38 - Covey, Culbertson, Meade, Springer, Gemar. DoD mission.
            1995 Ken Cameron docks Atlantis to Mir on the second docking mission.
            2004 ESA's SMART-1 lunar probe entered lunar orbit.
            2008 Launch of STS-126, Endeavour to ISS with water recyling equipment
Ferguson, Boe, Pettit, Bowen, Stefanyshyn-Piper, Kimbrough, and Magnus (joining Expedition 18).

      Saturday November 16th:
            1965 Launch of Venera 3, first impact on Venus (failed to return data).
            1973 Launch of Skylab 4 - Carr, Gibson, Pogue (third Skylab crew)
            1974 First intentional interstellar radio message sent by Aricibo.
            1984 STS 51-A Lands at Kennedy Space Center.
            1996 Russia's Mars-96 probe's booster fails.
            2009 Launch of STS-129, Atlantis to ISS
Hobaugh, Wilmore, Melvin, Bresnik, Foreman and Satcher. Final Space Shuttle crew rotation flight to ISS (returning Stott).

      Sunday November 17th:
            1967 Surveyor 6 flies 8 feet; first liftoff from the lunar surface.
            1970 Luna-17 Touchdown Moon. First Lunokhod (rover) deployed.
            1975 Soyuz-20 Launch. unpiloted. Resupply of Salyut rehearsal.
            2016 Launch of Novitskiy, Pesquet, and Whitson aboard Soyuz MS-03 to join ISS Expedition 50/51.
            2016 Return of Haipeng and Dong aboard Shenhzou 11 after 32 days.

      Monday November 18th:
            1961 Ranger-2 test Launch. Agena fails for a second time.
            1965 Explorer-30 Launch. 2nd Geodetic Explorer.
            2013 Launch of Mars MAVEN mission on an Atlas Centaur.

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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