This Day In Astro History


Vesta Ceres Moon
Vesta, Ceres and Earth's Moon
with sizes shown to scale

March 29

2013 - The docking of Soyuz TMA-08M to the space station was accomplished after just four orbits and just under six hours post launch. The event set a new record for the fastest manned docking for the International Space Station program. Previous Soyuz launches had taken two days.

2012 - Origins: "Organics Probably Formed Easily in Early Solar System." Ciesla, F. J., & Sandford, S. A. Ames Research Center

1999 - Mars Global Surveyor deployment of high gain antenna.   This was the first mission in a long-term program of Mars exploration known as the Mars Surveyor Program that is managed by JPL for NASA's Office of Space Science.

1974 - Mariner 10, the first Mercury Probe, 1st flyby.

1807 - Vesta, the brightest asteroid, and the only one sometimes seen by naked eye, is discovered by Olbers.
Mission Patch
Soyuz TMA-08M

Mariner 10
Mariner 10
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