This Week In Space History

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This Week In Space History

posted: 17 October 2007
04:23 pm ET











Oct. 8














1954:

Piloted by Air Force Maj.




Arthur Murray, the Bell X-1B makes its first powered flight from Muroc Air Force Base, Calif.




Oct. 11







1945:

The Wac Corporal rocket launches for the first time. The rocket, which launched from




White Sands Proving Ground in New Mexico, reached an altitude of 70,500 meters.


1958:

Pioneer 1 becomes the first spacecraft launched by NASA. Launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., by a Thor-Able rocket, Pioneer 1 relayed data about the near Earth space environment,




including magnetic fields and cosmic rays. Originally it also was meant to provide similar data about the Moon, but a rocket malfunction sent it away from its intended lunar orbit.




1968:

Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, launches on a Saturn 1 from Kennedy Space Center, Fla., for an 11-day mission in Earth orbit. The mission also featured the first live TV broadcast of humans in space.


2006:

Lockheed Martin completes the sale of its majority share in International Launch Services to Space Transport Inc., for $60 million.


Oct. 12



1964:

The Soviet Union launches Voskhod 1, a modified Vostok orbiter with a three-person crew, from BaikonurCosmodrome, Kazakhstan.


2005:

In China’s second manned spaceflight, a




two-taikonaut crew launches aboard the Chinese Shenzhou 6 for an orbital mission.




Oct. 13











1969:

The Soviet Union’s Soyuz 8 launches. The Soviet Union already had launched Soyuz 6 and Soyuz 7 Oct. 11 and Oct. 12, respectively. This marked the first time three spacecraft were in orbit simultaneously. All three launched from BaikonurCosmodrome, Kazakhstan.