This Day In Astro History


SWASSWAS

January 7

1999 - SWAS (Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite) detects water in star forming gas clouds!

1998 - "Today, I'm here to say: "Yes. It can be done. And together, we're doing it." -- Dan Goldin re: Gene Shoemaker, American Astronomical Society - Nasa Text

1997 - Mona Kessel finds proof of the Earth's bow shock position by studying the Earth's magnetosphere.

1985 - Sakigake Launch. First Japanese deep space probe. (Japan Comet Halley Mission, on March 11, 1986, Sakigake made its closest approach to Halley's Comet)

1610 - Galileo Galilei discovered three of the four major moons of the planet Jupiter. The final moon was found on January 10, 1610.

Birthdays

1935 - Valeri Kubasov, Russian engineer and astronaut (d. 2014)
1941 Frederick D. Gregory, American astronaut
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