This Day In Astro History

Damage to MIR Solar Arrays
Mir collides with Progress, resulting in damaged Solar Array.

Galileo gets up close with Callisto

June 25

1997 - MIR collides with Progress resupply ship causing the cabins to depressurize and damage to the station's solar panels.

1997 - The Galileo spacecraft passes by Jovian moon Callisto at a distance of only 415 km (258 miles)! This is only slightly higher than the altitude by which the space shuttle typically travels around the Earth (approximately 300 km or 186 miles).

1971 - Soyuz 11 Day 20 The crew sets a new world endurance record in space that would hold until Skylab 2 in 1973.

Soyuz 11 Crew set duration record
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