This Day In Astro History


July 16

2013 - Water flooded Luca Parmitano's helmet with nearly 1.5 liters of water and aborts ISS EVA.

1994 - Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacts Jupiter. This is the first collision of two solar system bodies ever to be observed, and the effects of the comet impacts on Jupiter's atmosphere were dramatic and beyond expectations. Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 consisted of at least 21 discernable fragments with diameters estimated at up to 2 kilometers.  This is considered by many the most spectacular event in the history of astronomy. The impacts continued until July 22. A string of cometary pearls image by HST
A string of "pearls" headed into Jupiter and HST gets the picture

1969 - Apollo 11 Launch from Cape Canaveral.

1850 - First photograph of a star (Vega) other than the Sun, taken from the Harvard College Observatory.
Luca Parmatano water in helmet
Water in Parmatano's Helmet

Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
Dramatic impacts

Apollo 11 Patch
Apollo 11 Mission Patch
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