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Neptune seen by Keck II

Mission Patch STS 4
STS 4 Mission Patch

June 27

2013 - NASA launches the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, a space probe to observe the Sun.

1999 - Image of Neptune taken with the Keck II Telescope adaptive optics system in infra-red light (wavelength 1.65 microns), on June 27, 1999. A prominent storm system can be seen on the lower right of Neptune's disk. Haze can be seen over the North Polar regions (top).

1995 - Launch of STS-71 Atlantis, the first mission to dock a MIR.

1982 - 15:00 GMT - Launch of Space Shuttle Columbia, STS-4, the third test flight. Duration: 7.05 days. Crew: Hartsfield, Mattingly.
STS 71 Mission Patch
STS 71 Mission Patch
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