This Week In Space History

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This Week In Space History

posted: 10 August 2007
12:04 pm ET













July 30



1958:



U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower requests $125 million to initiate NASA, whose creation he had authorized the day before.




Aug. 1



2002:



Designed by Scaled Composites and built by Boeing, the eventual carrier plane for the X Prize winning SpaceShipOne, White Knight makes its first flight.




Aug. 2



1955:



Leonid Sedov, a Soviet scientist, announces his country’s plan to launch the world’s first




Earth-orbiting satellite. The Soviet announcement comes three days after a similar announcement by the United States




.




Aug. 3



2004:



NASA’s Messenger spacecraft




launches toward Mercury. It




is scheduled to arrive




in early 2008, and will




be the first spacecraft since Mariner 10 in the mid-1970s to take close-up photographs of Mercury while orbiting the planet


.




Aug. 5



1965:



The first ground test of S-IC stage,




Saturn 5’s booster




,




is conducted at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.