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NASA History Office

#OTD in 2013, @CassiniSaturn starts its 198th orbit around Saturn after being in orbit for nearly nine years
#HappyBirthday @astro_luca Parmitano! This Expedition 36 photo shows what can happen to your orange juice in space.
#NOW in 2007 @NASA_Dawn is the 1st craft to launch to Vesta & Ceres, an asteroid & a dwarf planet, respectively.
#HappyBirthday VladimĂ­r Remek who, on Soyuz 28 in 1978, became the 1st Czech citizen in space
Moments before exploding #OTD in '83, Soyuz T10-1 became the 1st & only crewed rocket to use a Launch Escape System.
#Remembering C.C. Williams on his #birthday, NASA test pilot selected as part of the 3rd group of astronauts in 1963
#Now in 1973, the Skylab 3 crew splashes down after nearly 60 days aboard the orbiting lab.
#NOW in 2013, Expedition 37 crew launches to @Space_Station, starting their 166-day journey in space.
#NOW in 1992: Mars Observer orbiter launches to study the Red Planet, loses contact 3 days before orbital insertion.
Welcome to Earth, Will Smith! #HappyBirthday to the Independence Day, Men in Black and After Earth star who turns 47
#HappyBirthday @HamillHimself, Luke Skywalker, beloved Star Wars space traveler. The Force is strong with this one!
#NOW in 2010, Expedition 24 crew lands in Kazakhstan, completing a 6-month mission aboard @Space_Station.
#HappyBirthday to Nick Hague, @AstroHague, astronaut class of 2013. Congrats on the recent promotion to Colonel!
#OTD '03 @NASA_Hubble began work on the Ultra Deep Field image using an upgraded imaging system. The result:
#OTD in 2005 @CassiniSaturn performed its 1st flyby of Tethys, a mid-sized moon made almost entirely of water ice
#HappyBirthday to Astronaut Extraordinaire John Young, #veteran of the Apollo, Gemini, and Space Shuttle missions.
Henri Giffard launched the 1st powered airship from Paris #OTD 1852. The hydrogen filled dirigible sailed 27 km.
#OTD 2006 @CassiniSaturn flies by Titan, Saturn's largest moon. It finds a lake likely made of methane and ethane
How brilliant women astronomers helped advance space exploration: by former #InternMelissa
#Remembering Willie McCool on his #birthday. He was the pilot of STS-107, the last flight of Space Shuttle Columbia
#OTD 1846 Johanne Galle confirms existence of Neptune after prediction by Adams & Le Verrier
#OTD in 1624, Galileo gifted to Frederico Cesi his microscope "occhialino to see minute things close up"
#HappyBirthday to Loren Shriver, @usairforce colonel, STS-51-C, -31 & -46, and NASA program leader.
#Today in 2001, powered by the 1st ion engines on any spacecraft, Deep Space 1 performed its flyby of comet Borrelly
Before the Space Shuttle @NASA was testing lifting body aircraft like the X-24B Learn more:
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