This Week In Space History

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This Week In Space History

posted: 25 July 2007
11:38 am ET



















July 16



1990:

China launches eight amateur radio communications satellites, including Pakistan’s first satellite, aboard the first flight of its Long March 2E rocket. Badr-A descends back to Earth after just 146 days.




July 17



1929:

Robert Goddard, sometimes referred to as the “Father of Modern Rocketry,” launches a rocket that carries with it the first set of scientific tools – a barometer and a camera – in Auburn, Mass. The launch was Goddard’s fourth.


1984:

The U.S.S.R.




launches the Soyuz-T 12 as a three-person visiting crew to the Salyut space station. Flight engineer Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to perform a spacewalk and the first to make a second space




flight.




July 18



1965:

The U.S.S.R. launches the Zond 3, which photographs the far side of the Moon. The photos are transmitted back to Earth




nine days later.


1966:

Gemini 10 launches aboard a Titan rocket to orbit the Earth. Astronauts John Young and Michael Collins met their primary objective to intercept and dock with the Mercury Agena target vehicle.


1980:

India launches its first Earth-orbiting satellite, Rohini 1. By using its home-developed Satellite Launch Vehicle, India becomes the seventh nation capable of sending objects into space by itself.




July 20



1964:

NASA launches the Sert 1 aboard a Scout X-4 rocket. The suborbital successfully tested the performance of the Sert ion engine in space.