This Day In Astro History

John Casper
Happy Birthday, John Casper

July 9

2015 - NASA selects astronauts for first U.S. Commercial Space flights; Robert Behnken, Sunita Williams, Eric Boe and Douglas Hurley.

1979 - Voyager 2 Flyby Of Jupiter. Discovery of active volcanism on the satellite Io was probably the greatest surprise of this flyby.

1943 - Birthday, John Howard Casper, American astronaut and United States Air Force Colonel, born in Greenville, South Carolina.Time in space 34 days 9 hours 52 minutes; 1984 NASA Group, Missions STS-36, STS-54, STS-62, STS-77
Io as seen from Voyager 2
Io as seen from Voyager 2
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