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#FBF Techs install an Apollo command module model in the 9x6 Ft. Thermal Structures Tunnel for testing circa 1962
#Today in 1968, NASA's 2nd Administrator James Webb visits European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands.
#happybirthday to astronaut Charlie Walker, veteran of 3 Shuttle missions
In preparation for their Dec. 19, 2012, flight are Exp. 34/35 crew Chris Hadfield, Roman Romanenko & Tom Marshburn
#Happybirthday to astronaut @Cmdr_Hadfield who shares his birthday with #ISS crewmate Tom Marshburn
#Now in 1965, Gemini V splashes down after setting space mission duration record -- a 1st for the U.S.
#Now in 2009, Shuttle Discovery launches on the STS-128 mission, her 37th flight
#OTD in 1974, Soyuz 15 crew lands, after making the 2nd mission to the Soviet Union's Salyut 3 space station
50 years ago #today, Nimbus 1 launched to gather global data on sea-ice coverage & atmospheric temperature/chemistry
#Today in 1993, Galileo spacecraft flies by asteroid 243 Ida & discovers a moon (Dactyl) orbiting Ida
#Happybirthday to spaceflight veteran Leroy Chiao, Mission Specialist on STS-65, -72 & -92; Exp. 10 #ISS commander
#OTD in 1999, Soyuz TM-29 lands - Afanasyev, Haignere, Avdeyev - for 1st time since Sept 1989 no humans in space - as Mir left uninhabited
2nd Franco-German communication satellite, Symphonie B launched from Cape Canaveral #OTD 1975
Today in 1973, NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center is renamed in honor of President Lyndon Johnson. @NASAhistory @NASA_Johnson @LBJLibrary
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STS-51I was commanded by astronaut Joe Engle. He'd celebrated his #birthday the day before. #nicepresent
3rd time's the charm. After 2 scrubs STS-51I makes pre-dawn launch #OTD 1985.
Planetary flyby ho-hum these days? 1st successful one launched #OTD 51 years ago. Mariner 2.
#HappyBirthday to the person who has spent the most time off the planet: Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev. Bio (in Russian):
#Remembering President Lyndon Johnson on his #birthday. Huge impact on space history. Pics:
Today in 1962: Mariner 2 launched to Venus. 1st spacecraft to study another planet. Test spacecraft on display:
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#HappyBirthday Astronaut Joe Engle. 3 X-15 flights into space + 2 Shuttle flights
Earth & Moon: looking pretty tiny from 6 million miles away. Pic taken by @NASAJuno #OTD 2011.