This Week In Space History


      Sunday June 17th:
            1985 Launch of STS 51-G - Brandenstein, Creighton, Lucid, Fabian, Nagel, Baudry, Abdelazize.
            1988 Soyuz TM-4 lands. Solovyov, Savinykh, Alexandrov.

      Monday June 18th:
            1970 Soyuz-9 Lands after setting a 17 day endurance record.
            1983 Launch of STS-7 - Crippen, Hauck, Ride, Fabian, Thagard.
            2009 Launch of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and LCROSS impacter on an Atlas V.
            2012 First piloted docking and occupation of China's Tiagong 1 spacelab.
            2016 Return of Malenchenko, Kopra, and Peake aboard Soyuz TMA-19M after 186 days.

      Tuesday June 19th:
            1976 Viking-1 Arrives in Martian orbit. Now in Mars orbit.
            2002 Return of ISS Expedition 4 crew after 195 days, aboard STS-111.
Onufrienko, Walz, and Bursch.

      Wednesday June 20th:
            1996 Launch of STS-78 - Henricks, Kregel, Helms, Brady, Linnehan, Favier, Thirsk.
LMS Spacelab.
            2008 Jason-2 Ocean Surface Topography Mission launched with Poseidon 3 altimeter on a Delta.

      Thursday June 21st:
            1993 Launch of STS-57 - Grabe, Duffy, Low, Sherlock, Wisoff, Janice Voss.
Spacehab-1, Eureca retrieve, EVA.
            2004 The first piloted spaceflight by a private company.
Scaled Composite's SpaceShip 1, flown by Mike Melville to 100.124 km.

      Friday June 22nd:
            1973 SkyLab-2 First Crew returns from 28 day mission.
            1976 Salyut-5 Launch. Military Earth observation.
            1978 Charon, Pluto's moon, discovered.
            2007 Landing of Atlantis, after mission STS-117, on Edwards runway 22 with S. Williams from Expedition 14/15.

      Saturday June 23rd:




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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