This Week In Space History

      Friday November 17th:
            1967 Surveyor 6 flies 8 feet; first liftoff from the lunar surface.
            1970 Luna-17 Touchdown Moon. First Lunokhod (rover) deployed.
            1975 Soyuz-20 Launch. unpiloted. Resupply of Salyut rehearsal.
            2016 Launch of Novitskiy, Pesquet, and Whitson aboard Soyuz MS-03 to join ISS Expedition 50/51.
            2016 Return of Haipeng and Dong aboard Shenhzou 11 after 32 days.

      Saturday November 18th:
            1961 Ranger-2 test Launch. Agena fails for a second time.
            1965 Explorer-30 Launch. 2nd Geodetic Explorer.
            2013 Launch of Mars MAVEN mission on an Atlas Centaur.

      Sunday November 19th:
            1969 Apollo-12 Conrad, Bean land in Oceanus Procellarum.
            1996 Launch of STS-80 - Cockrell, Rominger, Musgrave, Jernigan, Jones.
Orfeus-Spas, Wake Shield.
            1997 Launch of STS-87 - Kregel, Lindsey, Scott, Chawla, Doi, Kadenyuk (Ukranian).
Failed Spartan Deploy; EVA to retrieve it.
            2012 Return of Malenchenko, S. Williams, and Hoshide aboard Soyuz TMA-05M after 127 days.
            2016 Launch of GOES R (GOES 16), the first in a new series of NOAA weather satellites

      Monday November 20th:
            1959 Discoverer-8 Launch. Capsule lost.
            1975 Explorer-55 Launch. Atmoshpere explorers look at pollution.
            1998 Zarya Launch. First modeule of ISS.
            2004 Launch of Swift Gamma Ray Burst Explorer.

      Tuesday November 21st:
            1964 Explorer-24/25 Launch. 3rd & 4th in series of air density experiments.
            1985 Soyuz-T-14 Lands! Vasyutin became ill. Mission ended after 65 days.

      Wednesday November 22nd:
            1989 Launch of STS-33 - F. Gregory, Blaha, Musgrave, Carter, K. Thornton. DoD mission.
            2011 Return of Volkov, Fossum, and Furukawa aboard Soyuz TMA-02M after 169 days.

      Thursday November 23rd:
            1983 Soyuz-T-9 Lands. 149 days.
            2014 Launch of Soyuz TMA-15M. Shkaplerov, Virts, and Cristoforetti to join ISS Expedition 42/43.

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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