This Week In Space History


      Sunday August 9th:
            1973 USSR Mars-7 Launched to Mars orbit.
            1976 Luna-24 Launch to Moon.
            1990 Soyuz TM-9 lands. Solovyov (179 days), Balandin (179 days).
            2005 Landing of Discovery after mission STS-114, at EAFB.

      Monday August 10th:
            1960 Discoverer-13 Launch. Success!! Capsule recovered.
            1966 Launch of Lunar Orbiter 1, returned pictures until 8-19-66.
            1992 TOPEX/Poseidon Launch on Ariane. NASA/CNES ocean mission.
            1992 Soyuz TM-14 lands. Viktorenko (145 days), Kalereri (145 d), Tognini (French).
            2001 Launch of STS-105 - Horowitz, Sturckow, Forrester, Barry,
Culbertson, Tyurin, Dezhurov (ISS Expedition 3).

      Tuesday August 11th:
            1877 Deimos, Martian moon, discovered.
            1962 Launch of Vostok 3, Andrian Nikolayev (64 orbits, target for first attempted rendezvous).

      Wednesday August 12th:
            1960 Echo-1 Launch. Passive (reflective) ComSat. 100 foot diameter. balloon.
            1962 Launch of Vostok 4, Pavel Popovich (48 orbits, came within 3.1 nm of Vostok 3 in first rendezvous try)
            2005 Launch of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
            2018 Launch of Parker Solar Probe.

      Thursday August 13th:
            1959 Discoverer-5 Launch. Capsule lost.
            1977 First shuttle approach and landing test glide.
            1998 Soyuz TM-28 Launch. Padalka, Avdeyev, Baturin.

      Friday August 14th:
            1976 Luna-24 Arrives in Moon orbit. Last Luna sample return.
            1997 Soyuz TM-25 lands. Tsibliev, Lazutkin (Mir-23 crew).

      Saturday August 15th:
            1962 Vostok-3 Lands.
            1962 Vostok-4 Lands.




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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