This Day In Astro History


May 21

2010 - JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, launches the solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS, a 20 meter space sail, aboard an H-IIA rocket together with a Venus Climate Orbiter. Two separation cameras too images of the deployed sail. The vessel would make a Venus flyby on December 8th.

1998 - In the May 21 issue of Nature magazine, Dr. Chryssa Kouveliotou and her colleagues describe how they eliminated the other possibilities to make the "Discovery of an X-ray pulsar with a superstrong magnetic field in the Soft Gamma Repeater called SGR 1806-20."
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