This Week In Space History


      Sunday January 21st:

      Monday January 22nd:
            1968 Apollo-5 Launch. Unpiloted test of LM in LEO.
            1975 Landsat-2 Launch.
            1992 Launch of STS-42 - Grabe, Oswald, Thagard, Readdy, Hilmers, Bondar, Merbold.
IML-1 Spacelab.
            1998 Launch of STS-89 - Wilcutt, Edwards, Anderson, Dunbar, Reilly, Sharipov,
Thomas (to Mir), Wolf (return). Sixth Mir docking flight. First dinosaur (fossil) in space.

      Tuesday January 23rd:

      Wednesday January 24th:
            1985 Launch of STS 51-C - Mattingly, Shriver, Onizuka, Buchli, Payton.
            1986 Voyager-2 Flyby of Uranus.
            1993 Soyuz TM-16 Launch. Manakov, Poleshchuk.

      Thursday January 25th:
            1964 Launch of Echo 2, reflector baloon; first US-USSR cooperative experiment.
            1989 Soviet Phobos 1 entered Martian orbit.
            1994 Clementine Launch.
            2005 Landing of "Opportunuty" rover on Meridiani plains, Mars.

      Friday January 26th:
            1962 Ranger-3 Atlas over-accelerates. Misses moon. Solar orbit.
            1978 China-8 Launch. Recovered. Possible canine passenger.

      Saturday January 27th:
            1967 Apollo-1 plugs-out pad test kills Grissom, White and Chaffee.
            1985 STS 51-C Lands at Kennedy Space Center.




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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