This Day In Astro History


May 22

1995 - Images Taken by the Hubble Space Telescope on during the Saturn ring plane crossing lead to the discovery of a new Saturnian moon. Saturn ring plane crossings happen only once every 15 years, and historically have given astronomers an opportunity to discover new satellites that are normally lost in the glare of the planet's bright ring system.

1969 - Apollo 10's lunar module flies within 8.4 nautical miles (16 km) of the moon's surface.

1947 - Birthday, Andreas Gerasimos Michalitsianosan astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center from the 1970s until his death in 1997. Michalitsianos was involved with such projects as the Hubble Space Telescope and was the Deputy Project Manager of the Observatory Branch for Goddard's highly successful International Ultraviolet Explorer, in which he won several awards for his contributions. 

1920 - Birthday, Thomas Gold, Astrophysicist who proposed the now mostly abandoned "Steady State" hypothesis of the universe. He died at age 84, in 2004.
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