This Day In Astro History

Mariner Launch
Mariner 8 Launch

May 9

2001 - ESO (European Southern Observatory) News: The VLT Uncovers Traces of Stellar Cannibalism. The spectral image of nearby star HD 82943 uncovers Lithium-6 at the star's surface. This discovery is strong evidence that the star engulfed one of its planets. Knowledge changes our picture of solar system evolution once again.

1971 - Mariner 8 launched (Mars Flyby). Failed to reach Earth orbit.
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