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apollo 11 landing site
Apollo 11 landing site

March 7

2012 - Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LRO) captures pictures of the Apollo 11 landing site. Visible is experiments, equipment and the footprints of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.

2009 - The Kepler space observatory, designed to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars, is launched.

2002 - NPOI (Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer) is the first to combine light from a full array of six telescopes. Astronomers from U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO), the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), and Lowell Observatory designed a new type of hybrid beam combiner and new hardware and control systems to decode and reconstruct images.

1986 - Challenger Disaster: Divers from the USS Preserver locate the crew cabin of Challenger on the ocean floor.

1837 - Henry Draper's birthday, born in Prince Edward Co, VA. Henry DraperHe made the first photograph of a stellar spectrum and is remembered and honored with the prestigious Draper Medal. As a pioneer of astronomical photography, born in Prince Edward Co, VA. He taught natural science and later physiology at the City of New York University (1860--82), but retired in order to devote himself to astronomical research. With a 71`cm (28`in)  reflecting telescope he showed photographic methods to be an important means of studying the heavens. Draper obtained the first photography of a nebula (M42) on September, 30th 1880 with a 50 minutes exposure with his 11-inch refractor. He also was the first to image a stellar spectra (the one of Vega) in 1872. An important catalogue of stellar spectra is named after him. He died in 1882.
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