This Day In Astro History


Expedition Three Crew Patch
Expedition Three Crew Patch

fireball - Credit: James Baker
1972 Great Daylight Fireball Kes 75, youngest pulsar yet
Kes 75, youngest pulsar yet.


MSSS Image
Defrosting on Mars


Robert Goddard
Dr. Robert Goddard

August 10

2001 - International Space Station, Expedition Three - Commander Frank L. Culbertson, Jr., Flight Engineer  Mikhail Tyurin and Vladimir Dezhurov, Soyuz commander, representing Rosaviakosmos launch from KSC to dock with ISS on August 12. On September 11, 2001 Frank Culbertson was the only American off-planet.  Read his touching letters from ISS here.

2000 - A team led by astronomers at Columbia University have found the youngest pulsar yet, a hot, spinning, highly-magnetized infant no larger than Manhattan, born in a massive star explosion about 700 years ago. The pulsar on the opposite side of the Milky Way, possesses unusual properties that may force scientists to reconsider how pulsars are created and evolve.

1999 - Malin Space Science Systems release confirmation of an Active Mars! Seasonal imaging describes our neighbouring planet as a land of meteorological and geological changes over time. An active planet is more likely to harbor life.

1992 - KITSAT-A, also known as Uribyol (meaning "our star"), South Korea's first spacecraft, was launched from Kourou in French Guiana by an Ariane booster. It carried an electronic mail system, an earth-picture camera, and a device to measure cosmic rays.

1966 - Lunar Orbiter 1 Launched. Unmanned Apollo landing survey mission.

1972 - Great Daylight Fireball.  A large meteoroid entered, then bounced off, the Earth's atmosphere.  It entered the atmosphere over Utah and left over Alberta.  See the video here. (youtube)


1945 - Robert Goddard dies. He was a man of great vision who proposed rockets to the moon as early as 1920.
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