This Week In Space History

      Friday April 16th:
            1972 Launch of Apollo 16 - Young, Mattingly, Duke.

      Saturday April 17th:
            1967 Surveyor-3 Launch for Moon. Works for two weeks.
            1970 Apollo-13 Splashdown after 5 days 22.9 hrs.
            1998 Launch of STS-90 - Searfoss, Altman, Linnehan, Hire, D.R. Williams, Buckey, Pawelczyk. Neurolab.
            2020 Return of Skripochka, Meir (after 205 days) and D. Morgan (after 272 days) aboard Soyuz MS-15.

      Sunday April 18th:
            2014 Launch of Dragon CRS-3 cargo ship on a Falcon 9 V1.1 rocket (with experimental landing legs for vertical landing).
            2018 Launch of Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

      Monday April 19th:
            1971 Salyut-1 Launch. First space station.
            1982 Salyut-7 Launch.
            1985 STS 51-D Lands at Kennedy Space Center.
            2001 Launch of STS-100 - Rominger, Ashby, Radfield, Parazynski, Phillips, Guidoni, Lonchakov.
ISS Assembly Flight 6A, CanadaArm2, Raffello logistics module.
            2004 Soyuz TMA-4 Launch. Padalka and Fincke to ISS (Expedition 9) along with Kuipers (ESA).
            2008 Return of ISS Expedition 16 crew after 193 days, aboard Soyuz TMA-11
Malenchenko and Whitson with Yi (S. Korea). Soyuz explosive bolt failed to fire; ballistic entry.

      Tuesday April 20th:
            1967 Surveyor-3 Touchdown on Moon. Digs trench 7 inches deep!
            1983 Soyuz-T-8 Launch. Titov, Strekalov, Serebrov. Fail to dock with Salyut 7.
            1994 Landing of STS-59 on Runway 22, Edwards Air Force Base.
            2004 Launch of NASA's Gravity Probe B satellite.
            2010 Landing of Discovery after mission STS-131, on KSC runway 33.
            2017 Launch of Yurchikin and J. Fischer aboard Soyuz MS-04 to join ISS Expedition 51/52. First 2-person Soyuz flight in 14 years.

      Wednesday April 21st:
            1972 Apollo-16 Touchdown on Moon. Young and Duke. 17 mile drive with the Lunar Rover.
            2007 Return of ISS Expedition 14 crew after 217 days, aboard Soyuz TMA-9
Lopez-Alefreia, Tyurin and Simonyi (tourist).

      Thursday April 22nd:
            1982 Launch of STS-3 - Lousma and Fullerton.
            1983 Soyuz-T-8 Lands.
            2010 Launch of DARPA/US Air Force X-37B orbital spaceplane OTV-1 (on Atlas V 501 - Centaur).

Space history data compiled by Jay Apt.   Thanks to the following good sources:
TRW Space Log, NASA Glenn Research Center Space Calendar,
Rick von Glahn's CompuServe SpaceForum archive,
Jonathan's Space Report, and

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