This Day In Astro History

Atlantis and MIR as seen by crew in MIR E0-19
A view of the US Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Russian Space Station Mir during STS-71 as seen by the crew of Mir EO-19 in Soyuz TM-21.

June 29

1996 - STS-71 Atlantis docks with Mir Space Station. Astronaut Norman Thagard is returned from Mir completing an American space endurance record of 115 days.

1961 - The US's Transit 4A, the first nuclear powered satellite was launched. It carried a, SNAP-3A nuclear power source.

1868 - George Ellery Hale's birthday, namesake of the 5-meter (200") telescope on Mt. Palomar and founder of the Yerkes, Mt. Wilson, and Palomar Observatories. The 5-m was dedicated on June 3, 1948 and continues to be the largest telescope in the continental 48 states. Hale, born in Chicago, was also an organizer of scientific institutions. George Hale is considered the "father of astrophysics".

George Emory Hale
George Emory Hale
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