This Day In Astro History

sts-135 liftoff STS-135 Patch2011 - One last Space Shuttle Launch at Kennedy Space Center at 11:29 a.m. EDT STS-135 Atlantis became the final mission of NASA's Space Shuttle Program.

July 8

Epislon Eridani dust ring 1998 - Astronomers discover a nearby star system just like our own Solar System.  An international team of astronomers from the Joint Astronomy Centre (JAC) in Hawaii, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh announced today the discovery of a ring of dust particles around nearby star, Epsilon Eridani (10 light years), that appears to signify a Solar System very similar to our own. "Epsilon Eridani is far more similar to our Sun than either Vega Fomalhaut." Greaves, a member of the international team said. "This star system is a strong candidate for planets, but if there are planets, it's unlikely there could be life yet. When the Earth was this young, it was still being very heavily bombarded by comets and other debris." 

1999 - Death of Pete Conrad, American Astronaut and third human to walk on the Moon during Apollo 12.

1935 - Birthday Vitaly Ivanovich Sevastyanov, Russian Cosmonaut on Missions Salyut 4, Soyuz 9, Soyuz 18. Time in space 80 days, 16 hours, 18 minutes. He died in Moscow in 2010 at 74 years.

1695 - Death of Christiaan Huygens, Dutch astronomer.
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