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The first unpowered test flight of the HL-10 lifting body was #OTD in 1966
TDIH 2006: Space Shuttle Discovery landed on mission STS-116 to rewire the #ISS: Image: @NASA
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#HappyBirthday cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko - Mir, ISS, Space Shuttle veteran. Here on EVA in 2012.
#SolarSunday Butterfly emerges from stellar demise in planetary nebula NGC 6302 #Hubble25
Vega 2 was launched #OTD in 1984 to study Venus and Comet Halley
#Happybirthday to astronaut Millie Hughes-Fulford, Payload Specialist on STS-40
#NOW in 1968, Apollo 8 launches, humanity's 1st trip to the Moon, 1st to witness Earthrise
Project Eclipse takes flight for the first tie #OTD in 1997
Since the 1939 ground breaking of Ames' lab, @NASAAmes also broke ground on many fronts:
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The NACA selected Ames to be its 2nd aeronautical research laboratory #OTD in 1939
Today marks @NASAAmes's 75th Anniversary. This 1943 pic shows construction of a wind tunnel:
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Read the amazing story of Milt Thompson’s ejection from a JF-104A, #OTD in 1962
#OTD in 2011, 1st Earth-size exoplanet orbiting a Sun-like star reported by Kepler team
#NOW in 1999, STS-103, the third Hubble servicing mission, launched
#Today in 1960, MR-1A launches as 1st successful Mercury test flight with a 15-min flight
#Today in 1972, Apollo 17 lands safely in the Pacific, returning 243 lbs of lunar material
#Happybirth to astronaut Mike fossum aka @astro_aggie veteran of STS-121, 124 & Expedition 29 Commander
#Happybirthday to astronaut Fred Leslie, veteran of STS-73, which carried the Spacelab module
#OTD in 1954, Richard Whitcomb receives Collier Trophy for development of the “area rule”
Curbeam's partner on that STS-116 EVA - Sweden's 1st astronaut Christer Fuglesang @CFuglesang
#OTD in 2006, Bob Curbeam performs 4th EVA on STS-116, most of any single Shuttle or other space flight #TBT
#Today in 1965, Gemini VII lands following a then record 14-day mission
#Happybirthday to astronaut Andy Thomas, veteran of 5 Shuttle missions & 141 days on Mir
#Happybirthday to @esa astronaut Reinhold Ewald, veteran of a mission to Mir in 1997