This Week In Space History


      Thursday January 28th:
            1986 Launch of STS 51-L kills Scobee, Smith, Resnik, Onizuka, McNair, Jarvis, and McAuliffe.

      Friday January 29th:
            1984 China-14 Launch. First Long March 3.(GEO capable) 3rd stage fails.
            1998 Soyuz TM-27 Launch. Musabaev, Budarin, Eyharts.

      Saturday January 30th:
            1964 Ranger-6 Impacts J. Caesar crater. TV fails after launch.
            2013 Launch of South Korea's first satellite, Naro-1 after 2 previous failures. Russian 1st stage. S. Korean second stage.
            2020 Spitzer Space Telescope (nee Space Infrared Telescope Facility), the 4th NASA Great Observatory, fails after 16 years.

      Sunday January 31st:
            1958 Explorer-1 Launch. First US satellite; discovers Van Allen belts.
            1961 Mercury-2 Launch. Ham the chimp flies.
            1966 Launch of Luna 9, first successful lunar soft lander, returned photos of lunar surface for 3 days.
            1971 Launch of Apollo 14 - Shepard, Roosa, Mitchell.
            2017 First non-NASA launch from KSC, and first KSC launch since 2011: Dragon CRS-10 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 (LC39A).

      Monday February 1st:
            1986 China-18 Launch. GEO ComSat.
            1993 Soyuz TM-15 lands. Solovyov (188 days), Avdeyev (188 d)
            2003 Columbia and crew lost at 200,000 feet during STS-107 entry 16 minutes prior to scheduled landing.

      Tuesday February 2nd:
            2009 Launch of first Iranian satellite (Omid) on Safir launch vehicle into 245 x 378 km orbit at 55.5 degrees.

      Wednesday February 3rd:
            1966 Luna-9 First soft touchdown on Moon. TV returned from surface.
            1984 Launch of STS-11 - Brand, Gibson, McCandless, Stewart, McNair.
            1994 Launch of STS-60 - Bolden, Reightler, Chang-Diaz, Sega, Krikalev, Davis.
Spacehab, Wake Shield-1.
            1995 Launch of STS-63 - Weatherbee, Collins, Foale, Harris, Janice Voss, Titov.
MIR rendezvous, SPARTAN, EVA.




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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