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NASA History Office

#OTD in 1955, B-52B #008 flew for the 1st time for @usairforce In 1959 assigned to @NASAArmstrong to drop X-planes.
#Now (12:05 p.m. ET) in 2008, the GLAST (@NASAFermi) spacecraft launched aboard a Delta II from Cape Canaveral.
"The New Nine" from Project Gemini are serious #SquadGoals
#Remembering Jacques Cousteau--explorer, researcher, conservationist, co-inventor of the Aqua-lung--on his #birthday
#HappyBirthday to James van Hoften (AKA "Ox"), veteran of missions STS- 41C and STS-51I
#Today in 1920, Wind Tunnel 1 at #NACA Langley was formally dedicated
#OTD in 2011, Aquarius was launched aboard the Argentine SAC-D satellite to measure ocean surface salinity.
#Remembering George M. Low, former Deputy/Acting Administrator of NASA and president of @rpi, on his #Birthday
#Now (1:59 p.m. ET) in 2003, @MarsRovers Spirit launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta II launch vehicle.
#OTD in 1985, Vega 1, en route to Hailey's Comet, dropped landing probe on Venus
#Now (10:13 a.m. ET) in 1973, the Explorer 49 satellite launched to study low-frequency radio emissions in space.
#HappyBirthday to astronaut James McDivitt--commander of Gemini IV and Apollo 9, program manager for Apollo 12-16.
#Now (8:24 p.m. ET) in 1982, the Westar 5 satellite launched from Cape Canaveral [image: 1974 press release]
#HappyBirthday to Johann Gottfried Galle, the first person to view (and identify) Neptune.
#HappyBirthday to STS-40 payload specialist, Drew Gaffney M.D.! (on the left)
#OTD in 1931, Robert Goddard patented a rocket-powered aircraft--not a big seller. Both the Army or Navy said no.
#OTD in 2008, satellite Chinasat 9, the Beijing Olympics' primary transmission mode, was launched from Xichang
#Now (7:38 p.m. ET) in 2007, STS-117 (Atlantis) launched carrying the S3/S4 Truss for #ISS
#OTD in 1959, Scott Crossfield piloted the first (and unpowered) flight of the X-15 aircraft.
Being swept away by this image of a tropical cyclone over the Gulf of Aden (11-3-15) #WorldOceanDay #AquaSatellite
.@NASA Earth Observatory spied a "sea" of phytoplankton in Southern Hemisphere (1-13-16)! #WorldOceanDay @NASAEarth
#HappyBirthday to astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini, discoverer of 4 of Saturn's moons & a gap in Saturn's rings.
#OTD in 1998, the final Shuttle-Mir visit came to an end as STS-91 undocked from Mir
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