This Day In Astro History

Comet Tempel 2
Comet Tempel 2

July 12

2000 - The Zvezda Service Module, the third component and functional center of the Russian portion, of the International Space Station, was launched on a Proton rocket.

1999 - Comet Tempel 2 Closest Approach To Earth (0.654 AU)

1988 - Phobos 2 (USSR) launched. In January 1989 contact was lost after initial return of orbiter data.

1957 - Birthday, Richard Douglas Husband, born in Amarillo, Texas was a United States Air Force Colonel, an astronaut, and the space shuttle commander of STS-107 (Columbia) who was killed when the craft disintegrated after reentry into the Earth's atmosphere on February 1, 2003.
Richard Husband
Happy Birthday,
Richard Husband
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