This Day In Astro History


Rakesh Sharma
Rakesh Sharma

April 2


1984 - The first Indian Cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma, a 35 year old Indian Air Force pilot, launched along with two other Soviet cosmonauts aboard Soyuz T-11. He spent eight days in space aboard Salyut 7.

1964 - Zond 1 (USSR) launched. Venus probe mission, it never arrived and is now in solar orbit.

1959 - Selection Of The Mercury 7 Astronauts, Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton.

1958 - President Eisenhower proposed NASA to Congress. It formally came into existence on July 29, 1958

1889 - Harvard Observatory's 13" refractor arrives on Mt. Wilson, a month later it begins an astronomical legacy at this site which housed the largest telescopes in the world from 1908-48: the 60" for the first decade followed by the 100". This latter mirror is still the largest solid ever cast in plate glass; weighing 4 1/2 tons, it's just 13 inches thick.
 
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