This Week In Space History

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This Week In Space History

posted: 06 February 2008
04:27 pm ET













Feb. 4



1961:

A




Soviet mission




to Venus launches on an A-1 rocket from the U.S.S.R.’sBaikonurCosmodrome, but the spacecraft




fails to leave Earth orbit.




1983:

Japan launches the commercial communications satellite Sakura 2-A from its Tanegashima Space Center on an N-2 rocket.




Feb. 5



1959:



NASA establishes a working group to study multiple aspects of lunar exploration during a meeting at the




Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.



1967:

NASA’s


Lunar Orbiter 3 launches on an Atlas-Agena D rocket from Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The orbiter was the last in a series designed to photograph potential landing sites for the Apollo lunar landing missions.


2002:

The solar observatory ReuvenRamaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI) launches on an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket, which was dropped from beneath an L-1011 jet aircraft operating out of




Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla.




Feb. 7



1984:

Astronaut




Bruce McCandless performs the first untethered spacewalk outside Space Shuttle Challenger during mission STS-41B. The spacewalk was conducted using the manned maneuvering unit, a self-propelled backpack-like propulsion device.




1999:

NASA’s Stardust spacecraft




launches on a Delta 2 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla. The spacecraft was sent on a rendezvous with Comet Wild 2 and became the first to return dust from a comet to researchers on Earth.


2001:





Space Shuttle Atlantis




launches from Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on mission STS-98 and delivers the Destiny laboratory module to the international space station.




Feb. 8



1985:

Arianespace launches Brazil’s Brasilsat A1 and the 21-country Arab League’s Arabsat 1A, both first generation communications satellites.






Feb. 10



1998:

Celestis-02 is launched into orbit aboard




an Orbital Sciences-built Taurus launch vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The spacecraft carried cremated human remains as part of a commercial service venture.