This Day In Astro History



Saturn V rocket on tombstone.

December 12

1994 - Death of Stuart Roosa, American astronaut, born in Durango, Colorado in 1933.  He commanded the Apollo 14 module "Kitty Hawk"  when Shepard and Mitchell spent two days on the lunar surface.  He was one of only 24 people to travel to the Moon.

1970 - Uhuru, the first Small Astronomy Satellite, launched from San Marco, a ocean platform off the coast of Kenya. The satellite was more formally known as Explorer 42 before launch.
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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