This Day In Astro History


June 26

2003 - Helios Lost in the Pacific Ocean. NASA's Helios is a large flying aircraft covered with solar cells which is designed to fly at very high altitudes for very long durations - it broke the world altitude record when it reached 29,500 metres in August, 2001. Click Here for the Investigation Report (pdf).

1730 - Charles Messier's birthday, famed French comet hunter, who cataloged the 100 or so bright nebulae and star clusters known nowadays by their M numbers because he kept confusing these stationary objects with possible new comets, which is what he was really after.
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It is my conclusion that human evolution and the motions of matter in space are intrinsically linked. The observation and understanding of the complexity of biological history on Earth cannot be complete without the tandem observation and understanding of a dynamic greater cosmos. - SpaceGene