This Day In Astro History

President Kennedy speech to congress.
President Kennedy speaks to Congress.

May 25

2012 - The Dragon spacecraft became the first private/commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS).

1966 - Launch of Explorer 32, the second of five missions to explore Earth's upper atmosphere.

1961 - President John F. Kennedy, in Special Message to the Congress on Urgent National Needs, delivered in person before a joint session of Congress, launches the country on a journey to the Moon in this speech. His other, most famous and perhaps grandest speech on going to the Moon was given at Rice University on September 12,1962.

1931 - Birthday, Georgy Grechko, Russian, is a retired Soviet cosmonaut who flew on several space flights including Soyuz 17, Soyuz 26, and Soyuz T-14.

240 BC - First recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.
Dragon berthed
The Dragon and Canadarm2

Explorer 32
Explorer 32
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