This Day In Astro History



Mira 
the first observed 
variable star

Disney and von Braun
Walt Disney and Wernher von Braun

March 9

2011Space Shuttle Discovery STS-133 makes its final landing after 39 flights.

1997 - Comet Hale-Bopp: Observers in China, Mongolia and eastern Siberia are treated to a rare double feature as an eclipse permits Hale-Bopp to be seen during the day.

1974 - Mars 7 Mars Flyby (Soviet Union).

1961 - Sputnik 9 successfully launches, carrying a human dummy nicknamed Ivan Ivanovich, and demonstrating that Soviet Union was ready to begin human spaceflight.

1955 - Walt Disney personally introduced the first television show of 'Man in Space', which aired on ABC. Wernher von Braun, the rocket engineer and Walt Disney, the artist, used the new medium of television to show that humans might go to the Moon and beyond based on future technologies and the desire to explore and discover.

1934 - Birthday of Yuri Gagarin, a Russian Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into space and complete an orbit of Earth, aboard a Vostok spacecraft on 12 April 1961. He died 27 March 1968 due to a crash of his training vehicle.

1564 - David Fabricius' birthday, discoverer of the first variable star (Mira, or Omicron Ceti).

Hale Bopp over Siberia
Comet Hale Bopp over Siberia
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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