This Week In Space History

      Thursday June 4th:
            1998 Charlie Precourt docks Discovery to Mir during STS-91. 9th (and last) Shuttle-Mir flight.
            2000 Compton Gamma Ray Observatory controlled reentry ends a productive 9-year mission.

      Friday June 5th:
            1980 Soyuz-T-2 Launch. Malyshev, Aksyonov. Dock with Salyut-6.
            1991 Launch of STS-40 - O'Connor, Gutierrez, Jernigan, Seddon, Bagian, Gaffney, Hughes-Fulford.
SLS-1 Spacelab.
            2002 Launch of STS-111. Cockrell, Lockhart, Chang-Diaz, Perrin,
Korzun, Treschev, Whitson (ISS Expedition 5). Leonardo MPLM, Mobile Remote Servicer Base System.

      Saturday June 6th:
            1966 Gemini-9 Splashdown 3 days 21 hrs.
            1971 Soyuz-11 Dovrovolsky, Volkov, Patsayev. Successful manual docking with Salyut 1.
            1979 Soyuz-34 Launch. Unpiloted. Used for Soyuz 32 return.
            1985 Soyuz-T-13 Launch. Dzhanibekov, Savinykh. Docked with and revived Salyut-7.
            2018 Launch of Prokop'ev, Aunon-Chancellor, and Gerst aboard Soyuz MS-09 to join ISS Expedition 56/57.

      Sunday June 7th:
            1965 Gemini-4 Splashdown 4 days 2 hrs in orbit.
            1983 Venera-16 Lanuched to Venus.
            1988 Soyuz TM-5 Launch. Solovyov, Savinykh, Alexandrov. Dock with Mir.
            1992 Launch of Extreme Ultraviolet Observer (EUVE).
            2011 Launch of Soyuz TMA-02M. Volkov, Fossum, Furukawa to join ISS Expedition 28/29.

      Monday June 8th:
            1965 Luna-6 Launch. Mid-course correction fails, enters solar orbit.
            1975 Venera-9 Launched to Venus orbit.
            2007 Launch of STS-117, Atlantis to ISS with S3/S4 and solar array.
Sturckow, Archambault, Reilly, Forrester, Olivas, Swanson and Anderson (joining Expedition 15).

      Tuesday June 9th:
            1974 Luna-22 Orbit perilune lowered to 15.5mi for hi-resolution mapping.
            1980 Soyuz-T-2 Lands. First piloted T series tests successful.

      Wednesday June 10th:
            1973 Explorer-49 Launch. 2nd Radio Astronomy explorer. Lunar orbit.
            1990 Kristall materials processing lab docked to MIR.
            2003 Launch of Spirit Mars lander Mars Expedition Rover-2 (Delta).

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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