This Day In Astro History


Titan
Titan

Luna 1 Replica
Luna 1 Replica

January 2

2009 - Cassini spacecraft snaps a picture of Fensal north of the equator and Aztlan south of the equator, on Titan, Saturn's largest moon.

2004 Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2, and collects samples to be returned to Earth.

1959 - The USSR's Luna1, the first Moon probe, is launched and becomes the first extraterrestrial spacecraft.
Comet Wild Two over exposed to show plumes
Comet Wild Two, over exposed to show plumes
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