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NASA History Office

#tbt to 2009, when Leland Melvin (@Astro_Flow), Jake, and Scout took one of the most popular of astronaut portraits. Happy #NationalPuppyDay
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.@esa's Automated Transfer Vehicle 3 (ATV-3) 'Edoardo Amaldi' launched #OTD in 2012, carrying 7.2 tons of supplies to @Space_Station.
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After 15 years in space, Mir deorbited #OTD in 2001, burning up upon re-entry into Earth's atmosphere: history.nasa.gov/SP-4225/multim…
President Reagan calls for major US research effort into space-based defensive weaponry in famed "Star Wars" speech, delivered #OTD 1983.
Remembering Dr. Wernher von Braun, engineer, spaceflight advocate, and @NASA_Marshall Director, on his #birthday.
John Young (left) & Gus Grissom (right) launch on Gemini III #OTD 1965. The 1st piloted spacecraft able to make major orbital maneuvers.
🎵 I will remember you 🎵 After a 6-yr mission designed to last 3 months, Mars rover Spirit sent its last transmissio#OTDTD 2010@MarsRoversr16
#OTD 1997, comet Hale-Bopp makes its closest approach to Earth. It won't return until sometime around 4380. (Image credit: Wally Pacholka)
Gordon Fullerton & Jack Lousma launch #NOW in 1982 on STS-3, NASA's 3rd Shuttle mission and 1st flight with an unpainted External Tank.
The crew of STS-55 experience a close call #NOW in 1993 when their launch was aborted at T-3 seconds due to incomplete main engine ignition.
#HappyBirthday to Captain James T. Kirk's earthly counterpart, @WilliamShatner, who encourages us to boldly go where none have gone before.
STS-76 launched #NOW in 1996 & would deliver astronaut Shannon Lucid to Mir. She was the 1st & only US woman to live on Mir. #WHM2017
Ranger 9, the final Ranger series spacecraft, launched #NOW in 1965 to image and impact the moon's crater Alphonsus.
#OTD in 1966, Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee are named prime crew members of NASA's first crewed Apollo mission.
#OTD in 2001, STS-102 lands at @NASAKennedy after swapping the 1st @Space_Station crew with Expedition 2.
#HappyBirthday to astrophysicist Dirk Frimout, the first Belgian citizen in space; flew as a payload specialist on STS-45 Atlantis.
#WHM2017: In 2007, Peggy Whitson became the 1st woman to command the @Space_Station. Read her preflight interview: go.nasa.gov/2n6Fn8q
The NATO 1 satellite launched #OTD in 1970, opening communication channels between officials from NATO member states.
When you smile, sometimes the universe smiles back. @NASA_Hubble captured this cosmic grin back in Feb. 2015. #InternationalDayofHappiness
#HappyBirthday to cosmonaut Yuri Shargin, who flew to @Space_Station during the Expedition 10 mission in October 2004.
#OTD 2008, a cosmic burst occurring halfway across the visible universe is briefly visible to the naked eye. nasa.gov/mission_pages/…
Her 1st spaceflight inspired young women to pursue science, so she devoted her life to ensuring they could. #Remembering Sally Ride. #WHM
#OTD 1974, President Nixon examines a model of the proposed Space Shuttle.
Following the world's 1st spacewalk, Voskhod 2 landed off-target #OTD in 1965. Leonov and Belyayev spent 2 nights in Siberian wilderness.
#Happybirthday to physicist and 1st Swedish citizen in space, @esa astronaut Christer Fuglesang. @CFuglesang
 
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