This Day In Astro History


September 7

2006 - CassiniTitan T17 Flyby

2005 - Cassini, 8th Titan Flyby. one of two recorders on board the spacecraft failed to record planned science data. About half of the data was received.



1997 - The first of the Uranian irregular moons, Caliban, were discovered by Brett J. Gladman (Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics), Philip D. Nicholson (Cornell University), Joseph A. Burns (Cornell University) and JJ Kavelaars (McMaster University, Hamilton). They were using the 5-meter Hale telescope on Palomar Mountain. Uranus has 16 regular moons.

1995 - STS 69, Endeavour, launches from KSC. The mission features the second flight of the WSF facility which flies free of the shuttle for several day then retrieved and brought back to Earth.  One EVA is planned. Crew:

David M. Walker (4), Commander
Kenneth D. Cockrell (2), Pilot
James S. Voss (3), Payload Commander
James H. Newman Ph.D.(2), Mission Specialist 2
Michael L. Gernhardt (1), Mission Specialist 3
STS 69 Mission Patch
Impact Crater on Titan
Impact Crater on Titan

Image from Cassini of Titan shores. 2005
Image from Cassini of Titan shores. 2005

Discovery image of Caliban
Discovery image of Caliban
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