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#OTD in 1964, Nimbus 1, a polar-orbiting satellite, launched to collect meteorological data
#HappyBirthday to @AstroDude Leroy Chiao, flew 3 Shuttle flights & #ISS Exp. 10 commander
#ICYMI @NASAJPL piece on the 50th anniversary of Mariner 2 - launched #OTD 53 years ago now.
Aug 27, 1962 saw the launch of Mariner 2, the first successful mission to another planet. #TBT
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.#OTD 2003 Shaped Sonic Boom Demo flights prove funky fwrd shape reduces sonic boom. Ebook:
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#TBT STS-64 astronauts Carl Meade & Mark Lee (red stripe on suit) test the SAFER system 130 miles above Earth.
#OTD in 1940, Italy's experimental Caproni-Campini jet-powered monoplane made its 1st flight
#Today in 1939, Erich Warsitz pilots the Heinkel He 178, making the world's 1st jet-powered flight
#Today in 1962, Mariner 2 launches, 1st probe to complete successful planet encounter
#NOW (6:58 a.m. EDT) in 1985, Discovery launches with Joe Engle in command
#OTD in 2011, Jupiter-bound @NASAJuno spacecraft captures Earth & Moon from 6 million miles
#OTD in 2014 @NASA completes composite cryogenic fuel tank tests; landing technology for #Mars
Learn more about the women who helped launch the Space Age #WomensEqualityDay
#HappyBirthday to astronaut Kay Hire, veteran of STS-90 & STS-130
#HappyBirthday to astronaut John Blaha, a veteran of 7 spaceflights
#Remembering Max Faget's #birthday; designed Mercury craft & contributed to US human craft designs through Shuttle
#HappyBirthday to X-15 test pilot, aeronautical engineer & astronaut extraordinaire Joe Engle
#OTD: 26 August 1978, Sigmund Jähn was 1st German in space, w/V. Bykovsky on Soyuz 31 @ESA_de @DLR_de @ESA_EAC
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TDIH 1989: Voyager 2 made closest approach to Neptune (approx. 3k mi) & took closeup of Triton
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#Today in 1971, pilot Bill Dana makes 1st supersonic flight of the Northrop M2-F3
#Today in 2003 SIRTF (renamed @NASAspitzer) launched; made 1st direct detection of light emitted by exoplanets.
#OTD in 1966, AS-202--uncrewed suborbital test flight of the Saturn 1B & Apollo CSM--launched
#Today in 1961, Explorer 13 launched on a Scout launch vehicle
#HappyBirthday to astronaut Drew Feustel, veteran of STS-125 & STS-134, here with Matt Damon
#HappyBirthday to astronaut Lee Archambault, pilot of STS-117 & commander of STS-119

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