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April 9

1994 - maple leafColumbia STS - 59 Launch. SLR-1 Space Radar Laboratory.  Primary mission objectives were deployment of the Laser Geodynamic Satellite II (LAGEOS-II) and operation of the U.S. Microgravity Payload-1 (USMP-1).  Seconday payload included Canadian experiment, CANEX-2 and other instruments provided by the European Space Agency. Landing April 20, 1994.

1959 - NASA announces the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts, who become known as the "Mercury Seven".Project Mercury Astronauts
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