This Day In Astro History


Peder Horrebow
Peder Horrebow

May 14

1973 - Skylab, the United States' first space station, is launched.

1952 - Birthday, Donald R. McMonagle a retired American astronaut and Colonel in the US Air Force. He was a member of the 1987 NASA Group. Time in space 25d 05h 34m on Missions STS-39, STS-54, STS-66.

1964 - Birthday, James M. Kelly, American astronaut and retired Colonel in the US Air Force. He was a member of the 1996 NASA Group. Time in space 26d 17h 21m on Missions STS-102, STS-114

1679 - Birthday, Peder Horrebow Danish Astronomer who invented a way to determine a place's latitude from the stars now known as the Horrebow-Talcott Method. The crater Horrebow on the Moon is named after him.
Skylab Launch
Launch of the modified Saturn V rocket carrying the Skylab space station
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