This Day In Astro History


Bob Thirsk
Bob Thirsk

June 20

Canadian 1996 - Robert (Bob) Brent Thirsk (M.D., P.Eng.) is launched aboard STS-78. Born August 17 1953, in New Westminster, British Columbia, he served as Payload Specialist-2. Thirsk was one of the six Canadian astronauts selected in December 1983 and served as back up Payload Specialist to Marc Garneau for Mission 41-G in October 1984. In April 1995, Dr. Thirsk was selected to participate in the Life and Microgravity Spacelab mission. STS-78 orbited the earth 271 times. Mission duration: 16 days 21 hours 48 minutes.

1990 - 5261 Eureka, a Mars orbiting asteroid was discovered by David H. Levy and Henry Holt at Palomar Observatory.

1944 - The V-2 rocket becomes the first artificial object to cross the boundary of space, the Kármán line, with the vertical launch of V-177.
STS-78 Mission Patch
STS-78 Mission Patch
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