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Andriyan Grigoryevich Nikolayev

N1 Explosion

July 3

2004 - Death of Andriyan Grigoryevich Nikolayev, Russian Cosmonaut. He flew on Vostok 3 and Soyuz 9 and was the first person to make a television broadcast from space in August 1962.  He married Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to fly in space, in 1963.  He died of a heart attack at aged 74.

1999 - Comet C/1998 T1 (LINEAR) Closest Approach To Earth (0.492 AU)

1969 - Zond L1S-2 was one of the largest human caused non-nuclear explosions in history. At T+23 the spacecraft fell back to earth with an estimated force of 4-5 tons of TNT. It was visible 22 mi (35 kms) away at Leninsk. The nearly 2300 tons of propellant on board triggered a massive blast and a shock wave that sent debris flying as far as 6 miles (10 kms). This unmanned mission was to orbit the moon.

1935 - Happy Birthday, Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, American astronaut. He is the last person and the only geologist to walk on the Moon.
destroyed N1 launch complex
Destroyed N1 Launch Complex

Harrison Schmitt
Happy Birthday,
Harrison Schmitt
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