This Day In Astro History


Atlas V 500 Launch
Atlas V 500 launches Rainbow 1

STS-121 Crew returns to Earth
STS-121 Crew returns to Earth

July 17

1975 - The Soyuz and Apollo flights launched within seven and a half hours of each other on July 15, and docked on July 17. Three hours later the two mission commanders, Stafford and Leonov, exchanged the first international handshake in space through the open hatch of the Soyuz. NASA had calculated that the historic handshake would have taken place over the British seaside resort of Bognor Regis, but a delay resulted in its actual occurrence being over the town of Metz in France. This was the last Apollo mission.  Read More at Wikipedia.

2003 - The most powerful Atlas rocket in history, the Atlas V 500, is launched from Cape Canaveral carrying Rainbow 1, a television satellite, to space.

2006 - Space Shuttle Discovery (STS 121) Return To Earth  after accomplishing the main objectives of the mission: completing the return-to-flight objectives by flying an improved external tank and testing on-orbit shuttle repair procedures, and preparing the International Space Station for future assembly.

2006 -Asteroid 588 Achilles Closest Approach To Earth (4.861 AU)
Apollo Soyuz Project Patch
Apollo Soyuz Project Patch
First International Handshake in Space
First International Handshake in Space
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