This Week In Space History


      Tuesday September 29th:
            1962 Launch of Alouette 1, first Canadian satellite (on US Delta rocket)
            1973 Soyuz-12 Lands.
            1977 Salyut-6 Launch. Scientific mission.
            1988 Launch of STS-26 - Hauck, Covey, Hilmers, Lounge, Nelson
Recovered Shuttle program after 51-L accident.
            2004 First of 2 SpaceShip One flights for the Ansari X-Prize.
Mike Melvill piloted to 102.9 km.
            2006 Return of ISS Expedition 13 crew after 183 days, aboard Soyz TMA-8
Vinogradov, Williams and Ansari (tourist).
            2011 Launch of Tiangong-1 spacelab by China.

      Wednesday September 30th:
            1994 Launch of STS-68 - Baker, Wilcutt, Bursch, Jones, Wisoff, Smith.
Second Space Radar Laboratory.
            2009 Launch of Soyuz TMA-16. Suraev and J. Williams with Laliberte (tourist).

      Thursday October 1st:
            2005 Soyuz TMA-7 Launch. Tokarev and McArthur (Expedition 12) and Olsen (tourist) to ISS.

      Friday October 2nd:
            1984 Soyuz-T-10B/T-11 Lands. 237 days in space.
            1991 Soyuz TM-13 Launch. Volkov, Aubakirov, Viehbock (Austria). To MIR.

      Saturday October 3rd:
            1942 First flight into space (above 50 miles). German V2 (A4) reached an altitude of 53 miles.
            1962 Launch of Mercury 8 - Schirra (100 x 176 nm, 32.5 degrees, 6 orbits) "Sigma 7"
            1985 Launch of STS 51-J - Bobko, Grabe, Hilmers, Stewart, Pailes.
            1988 STS-26 Lands at Edwards Air Force Base.
            1994 Soyuz TM-20 Launch. Viktorenko, Kondakova, Merbold (ESA).
            2018 Japan's Hayabusa-2 German/French lander MASCOT lands on asteroid Ryugu.
            2019 Return of Ovchinin, Hague (after 204 days), and Hazza al Mansouri (9 days) aboard Soyuz MS-12.

      Sunday October 4th:
            1957 Sputnik-1 Launch. Opens the space era.
            1959 Luna-3 Launch. Sends back firstphotos of Lunar farside.
            1965 Luna-7 Launch. Retros fire early. Impact, Ocean of Storms.
            2004 SpaceShip One wins Ansari X-Prize with Brian Binnie flying to 112.1 km.
            2018 Return of Artem'ev, Feustel and Arnold aboard Soyuz MS-08 after 198 days.

      Monday October 5th:
            1984 Launch of STS 41-G - Crippen, McBride, Sullivan, Ride, Leestma, Garneau, Scully-Power.




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 astronautix.com


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