This Day In Astro History


Apollo 12 mission patch
Apollo 12 mission patch

Edward White, Space Hero!
Edward White, Space Hero!

November 14

2003 - Astronomers Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz, at the Palomar Observatory, discover 90377 Sedna, an approximately 1,000km Trans-Neptunian Centaur Asteroid.

1969 - Apollo 12 launched 16:22:00 UTC (11:22:00 a.m. EST) Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A. The second lunar landing deployed experiments in the Ocean of Storms close to the Surveyor 3 Landing site. Crew:  Charles Conrad, Jr. Commander; Richard F. Gordon, Command Module Pilot, Alan L. Bean, Lunar Module Pilot

1999 - First Ever Extrasolar Planet Independent Confirmation. Astronomers see shadow of planet cross distant star. The "transit" of the planet  is discovered by Dr. Geoffrey Marcy and his planet searching team from the University of California at Berkeley.

1933 - Birthday, Fred Haise, American engineer and astronaut. Haise was to be the sixth human to walk on the Moon but the spacecraft he shared with Jim Lovell and Jack Swigert, Apollo 13, malfunctioned with an exploding oxygen tank two days after lift off on April 13, 1970.

1930 - Birthday, Edward Higgins White, American engineer and astronaut. He was the first American to walk in space during the Gemini 4 mission. White died on January 27, 1967, along with Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee, during a pre-launch test for the first Apollo mission.
Fred Haise, Happy Birthday!
Fred Haise, Happy Birthday!
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It is my conclusion that human evolution and the motions of matter in space are intrinsically linked. The observation and understanding of the complexity of biological history on Earth cannot be complete without the tandem observation and understanding of a dynamic greater cosmos. - SpaceGene