This Week In Space History


      Tuesday October 15th:
            2003 Launch of China's first astronaut, Yang Liwei with Shenzhou 5 spacecraft. 13 orbits.

      Wednesday October 16th:
            1969 Soyuz-6 Lands.
            1975 GOES-1 Launch. (Geostationary Operational Environmental Sat)
            1976 Soyuz-23 Splashdown! Emergency landing in lake, snow storm.
            1983 Venera-16 Arrives polar Venus orbit. Radar. Hi-resolution pix of poles.
            2005 Landing of Shenzhou 6 after 4 days, 19 hours.
            2016 Launch of Haipeng and Dong aboard Shenhzou 11 to Tiangong 2.

      Thursday October 17th:
            1969 Soyuz-7 Lands.
            1989 Launch of STS-34 - Williams, McCulley, Chang-Diaz, E. Baker, Lucid
Launched Galileo probe to Jupiter via Venus.
            2002 Launch of Integral (International Gamma Ray Laboratory) aboard Proton.

      Friday October 18th:
            1962 Ranger-5 Power system failure. Miss moon by 450 mi. Solar orbit.
            1967 Venera-4 Impacts Venus. Deploys atmospheric probe. Transmits for 94 minutes from the surface.
            1969 Soyuz-8 Lands.
            1993 Launch of STS-58 - Blaha, Searfoss, Seddon, McArthur, Lucid, Wolf, Fettman. SLS-2.
            2003 Soyuz TMA-3 Launch. Kaleri, Duque (ESA), and Foale to ISS (Expedition 8).

      Saturday October 19th:
            1967 Mariner-5 Flyby of Venus (2479 mi). Now in solar orbit.
            2016 Launch of Soyuz MS-02 with Ryzhikov, Borisenko, and Kimbrough to join ISS Expedition 49/50.
            2016 ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter enters Mars orbit.
Schiaparelli lander IMU saturation leads to erroneous altitude estimation and premature release of the parachute and the backshell, resulting in 4.3 km freefall and impact at 540 km/hr.

      Sunday October 20th:
            1970 Zond-8 Launch. Circumnavigation of Moon and return. No Moon orbit.
            1995 Launch of STS-73 - Bowersox, Rominger, K. Thornton, Lopez-Alegria, Coleman, Sacco, Leslie. USML-2.
            2018 Launch of BepiColombo to Mercury.

      Monday October 21st:
            1968 Apollo-7 Splashdown First live TV from a piloted spacecraft.
            1985 China-17 Launch. Recon mission.
            2001 Soyuz TM-33 Launch. Afanaseev, Kozeev, Haigmere (Fr.) to ISS.
            2007 Return of ISS Expediton 15 crew after 197 days, aboard Soyuz TMA-10
Yurchikin and Kotov with Al Masrie (Mayaysia). Soyuz explosive bolt failed to fire; ballistic entry.




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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