This Day In Astro History

STS-77 Patch
STS 77 Mission Patch

Dick Scobee

May 19

2000 - Death of Yevgeny Khrunov, Soviet cosmonaut who flew on the Soyuz 5/Soyuz 4 mission.

maple leaf1996 - Marc Garneau flies into space for the second time. Aboard STS-77 (Endeavour), he conducted Canadian experiments using the Float Zone Furnace and the Aquatic Research Facility. The mission completed 160 orbits of the earth in 4.1 million miles.  Mission duration was 240 hours and 39 minutes. 

1971 - Mars 2 (USSR) launched. On November 27, 1971 the Orbiter arrived at Mars, it returned data until 1972. The Lander, however, crashed on the surface due to a failure in braking rockets.

1961 - Venera 1 becomes the first man-made object to fly-by another planet by passing Venus (the probe had lost contact with Earth a month earlier and did not send back any data).

1939 - Birthday, Dick Scobee, American astronaut and Commander of the last flight of Challenger. His last words were "Roger, go at throttle up." on January 28, 1986.

she.png1900 -  Birthday, Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposchkin. She discovered the chemical composition of starss and that hydrogen and helium are the most abundant elements in stars and, therefore, in the universe. In 1977 she received the prestigious Henry Norris Russell Prize from the American Astronomical Society.
Marc Garneau
goes to space again!

Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposchkin
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