This Week In Space History

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This Week In Space History

posted: 20 September 2007
12:36 pm ET













Sept. 17





1959:

NASA’s X-15 hypersonic research plane, capable of speeds up to Mach 6.7, makes its first powered flight.




Sept. 18











1968:

The Soviet Union’s Zond 5 completes its circumnavigation of the Moon with a payload of various life forms on board. Launched Sept. 15,




it was recovered Sept. 21




from the Indian Ocean.




Sept. 19



1988:

Israel launches Ofeq 1, its first remote sensing satellite, aboard an Israeli Shavit rocket.





Sept. 20














1957:

The U.S. Air Force Thor Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile successfully launches for the first time from Cape Canaveral, Fla.


1992:

The Space Shuttle Endeavour lands at Kennedy Space Center. During its STS-47




mission,




the crew delivered the Japanese Spacelab-J, a joint NASA and National Space Development Agency of Japan project that conducted 24 materials sciences and 20 biology microgravity experiments. The mission also marked several firsts: the first African-American woman in space, Mae Jemison; the first Japanese astronaut, Mamoru Mohri; and the first married couple in space, Jan Davis and Mark Lee.




2004:

The Indian Space Research Organisation launches Edus




at
on the premier flight of India’s three-stage Geostationary Space Launch Vehicle. Edusat enables classrooms in different schools and colleges to link together within India




.



Sept. 21











1970:

The Soviet Union’s Luna 16 lifts off from the Moon for its return to Earth after scooping a soil sample,




becoming the first successful automated lunar sample




retrieval mission.




Sept. 22













2006:

Hinode launches into polar Earth orbit aboard a Japanese M-V launch vehicle. Also known as Solar-B, the collaboration between the Japanese, European and U.S. space agencies was designed to capture 3-D profiles of solar activity.