This Day In Astro History


Photo by: David Parker / Courtesy of the NAIC - Arecibo Observatory, a facility of the NSF.
Arecibo - Radio from the Stars

Kalliope and it's satellite Linus
Kalliope and it's satellite Linus as seen by the W.M. Keck II telescope in 2010

November 16

1974 - The new surface of the giant 1000-foot radio telescope at Arecibo, Puerto Rico is dedicated by sending a brief message in the direction of the globular cluster M13.

1973 - Skylab 4 is launched with a crew of three astronauts from Cape Canaveral, Florida for an 84-day mission.

1965 - Venera 3 (USSR) launched. Venus atmospheric probe mission. Communications failed just before atmosphere entry. It crashed on Venus.

1852 - The English astronomer John Russell Hind discovers the asteroid 22 Kalliope.
Skylab 4 mission patch
Although the mission call sign is Skylab 4, mis-communication about the numbering resulted in the mission emblems reading Skylab I, Skylab II, and Skylab 3 respectively.
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