This Week In Space History

      Sunday July 22nd:
            1962 Mariner-1 Launch. Veered off course. Destroyed.
            1969 Apollo-11 Columbia powers out of lunar orbit. Return to Earth.
            1972 Venera-8 Probe lands and returns data.
            1987 Soyuz TM-3 Launch. Viktorenko, Alexandrov (Bulgarian), Faris. To MIR.
            1993 Soyuz TM-16 lands. Manakov (179d), Poleshchuk (179d), Haignere (20d).
            2015 Launch of Soyuz TMA-17M with Kononeko, Yui, and Lindgren to join ISS Expedition 44/45.

      Monday July 23rd:
            1972 Landsat-1 Launch. (aka ERTS 1)
            1980 Soyuz-37/36 Launch. Gorbatko, Tuan (Viet.). Dock with Salyut-6.
            1999 Launch of STS-93 - Collins, Ashby, Coleman, Hawley, Tognini.
Deployed Chandra X-Ray observatory.

      Tuesday July 24th:
            1969 Apollo-11 Splashdown. Humans' first return from outside Easth's gravity well.
            1975 US Apollo-Soyuz Splashdown. Hydrazine fumes contamitation in cockpit.

      Wednesday July 25th:
            1973 USSR Mars-5 Launched to Mars orbit.

      Thursday July 26th:
            1958 Explorer-4 Launch. Mapped Project Argus radiation.
            1963 SynCom-2 First successful GEO ComSat. Relays Japan '64 Olympics.
            1971 Launch of Apollo 15 - Scott, Worden, Irwin.
            1975 Soyuz-18B Lands. 63 days in orbit aboard Salyut-4.
            1975 China-3 Launch. Purpose undetermined.
            2005 Launch of STS-114, Discovery, 30 months after Columbia's final launch.
Collins, J. Kelly, Robinson, Thomas, Lawrence, Camarda, Noguchi.
Substantial foam loss from ET.

      Friday July 27th:
            1992 Soyuz TM-15 Launch. Solovyov, Avdeyev, Tognini (French). To MIR.

      Saturday July 28th:
            1964 Launch of Ranger 7, first lunar hard lander to transmit TV pictures.
            1973 Launch of Skylab 3 - Bean, Garriott, Lousma (second crew).

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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