This Week In Space History


      Monday July 4th:
            1968 Explorer-38 Launch. First Radio Astronomy explorer. Earth orbit.
            1982 STS-4 Lands at Edwards Air Force Base.
            1997 Pathfinder / Soujourner land on Mars.
            2005 Deep Impact probe impact on Comet 9P/Tempel-1 at 10.2 km/sec.
Flyby at 500 km.
            2006 Launch of STS-121, Discovery, after a year of post STS-114 changes.
Lindsey, M. Kelly, Fossum, Nowak, S. Wilson, Sellers, and Reiter (ESA, joining Expedition 13) to ISS.
            2021 Liu and Tang perform first EVA from the new Chinese station Tianzhou-2.

      Tuesday July 5th:
            1978 Soyuz-30 Lands.
            2016 Juno enters Jupiter orbit.

      Wednesday July 6th:
            1976 Soyuz-21 Launch. Volynov, Zholobov. Dock with Salyut-5.

      Thursday July 7th:
            1914 Goddard receives patent for 2-stage rocket.
            1995 Hoot Gibson lands Atlantis on Runway 15 at KSC;
Norm Thagard sets US space endurance record of 115 days after Mir 18 mission.
            2016 Launch of Soyuz MS-01 with Ivanishin, Onishi, and Rubins to join ISS Expedition 48/49.

      Friday July 8th:
            1994 Launch of STS-65 - Cabana, Halsell, Walz, Hieb, Thomas, Chiao, Mukai (Japanese). IML-2.
            2003 Launch of Opportunity Mars lander Mars Expedition Rover-1 (Delta).
            2011 Launch of STS-135, Atlantis to ISS on the final Space Shuttle mission
Ferguson, Hurley, Magnus, Walheim. Ferried the Raffaello MultiPurpose Logistics Module up and back.

      Saturday July 9th:
            1979 Voyager-2 Flyby of Jupiter (403,910 miles).
            1982 Landsat-4 Launch.
            1994 Soyuz TM-18 lands. Afanasyev, Usachyov.

      Sunday July 10th:
            1962 Telestar-1 Launch. One transponder. First direct TV to Europe.




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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