This Week In Space History

      Wednesday 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.

      Thursday 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).

      Friday 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).

      Saturday 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.

      Sunday 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.

      Monday November 19th:
            1969 Apollo-12 Conrad, Bean land in Oceanus Procellarum.
            1996 Launch of STS-80 - Cockrell, Rominger, Musgrave, Jernigan, Jones.
Orfeus-Spas, Wake Shield.
            1997 Launch of STS-87 - Kregel, Lindsey, Scott, Chawla, Doi, Kadenyuk (Ukranian).
Failed Spartan Deploy; EVA to retrieve it.
            2012 Return of Malenchenko, S. Williams, and Hoshide aboard Soyuz TMA-05M after 127 days.
            2016 Launch of GOES R (GOES 16), the first in a new series of NOAA weather satellites

      Tuesday November 20th:
            1959 Discoverer-8 Launch. Capsule lost.
            1975 Explorer-55 Launch. Atmoshpere explorers look at pollution.
            1998 Zarya Launch. First modeule of ISS.
            2004 Launch of Swift Gamma Ray Burst Explorer.

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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