This Day In Astro History


sts 95 mission patch
STS 95 Mission Patch.
Gaspra
Gaspra 
High Resolution Mosaic
JPL Near Earth Objects

October 29

1998 Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off on STS-95 with 77-year old John Glenn, former Project Mercury astronaut and US Senator, on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.

1991 -  First images of Gaspra (Asteroid 951) were taken by spacecraft Galileo.
John Glenn
John Glenn in 1998
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