This Day In Astro History


Fort Churchill Launch Site
Fort Churchill Launch Site

Goldstone Image of Asteroid 2005 YU55
Goldstone Image of Asteroid 2005 YU55

November 8

2011 - The potentially hazardous asteroid 2005 YU55 passed 0.85 lunar distances from Earth (about 324,600 kilometres or 201,700 miles).

1984 - Launch of STS-51-A Inaugural launch of Discovery Space Shuttle. Mission duration: 7 days, 23 hours, 44 minutes, 56 seconds

1958 - A Nike-Cajun sounding rocket is launched from the Churchill Range in northern Manitoba with first Canadian science payload

1656 - Edmond Halley's Birthday (Julian Calendar 29 October 1656) English scientist who used his theory of cometary orbits to calculate that the comet of 1682 (Halley's Comet) was periodic and for encouraging Isaac Newton to publish his famous work on calculus, gravity, and the laws of motion. He also discovered in 1718 that some of the "fixed stars" (Sirius, Aldebaran, Betelgeuse, and Arcturus) actually had what's called "proper motion", meaning they're not stationary ("fixed") after all. Stars were believed to be fixed in the sky since Ptolemy's Almagest was complied.
STS 51-A Mission Patch
STS 51-A Mission Patch

Edmond Halley
Edmond Halley
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