This Week In Space History


      Saturday February 23rd:

      Sunday February 24th:
            1968 Jocelyn Bell discovers the first Pulsar.
            1969 Launch of Mariner 6. Flew over equator of Mars at 2120 miles on 7/31/69; sent 75 TV pictures.
            2009 Failed launch of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory
lost due to Taurus XL's payload fairing failure to separate.

      Monday February 25th:
            1972 Luna-20 Lands in blizzard on Earth with Lunar samples.
            1977 Soyuz-24 Lands. 17 days 16 hrs.
            1979 Soyuz-32/34 Launch. Lyakhov, Ryumin. Dock with Salyut-6.
            1996 Tethered Satellite deployed; tether broke 5 hours later.
            2007 Pluto New Horizons closest approach to Jupiter.
            2011 Launch of STS-133, Discovery to ISS
Lindsey, Boe, Drew, Bowen, Barratt, Stott
Eigth flight of Leonardo logistics module, now permanenty attached to ISS.

      Tuesday February 26th:

      Wednesday February 27th:
            1966 Venera-2 Flyby of Venus (14883 miles). Communication fails.

      Thursday February 28th:
            1959 Discoverer-1 Launch. First satellite in polar orbit.
            1990 Launch of STS-36 - Creighton, Casper, Mullane, Hilmers, Thuot. DoD mission.
            1999 Soyuz TM-28 lands. Padalka, Baturin, Haignere.
            2018 Return of Misurkin, Vande Hei and Acaba aboard Soyuz MS-06 after 170 days.

      Friday March 1st:
            1966 Venera-3 Impacts Venus. First spacecraft to reach that planet.
            1982 Venera-13 Probe decends to surface. Soil tests made. 8 colorpix.
            2002 Launch of STS-109 - Altman, Carey, Grunsfeld, Currie, Newman,
Linnehan, Massimino (HST Servicing Mission 3B).




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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