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Hubert Reeves
Happy Birthday, Hubert Reeves

July 13

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

1969 - Luna 15 Launch (Soviet Moon Sample Return) which crashed into the Moon on July 21.

1950 - Birthday of George Driver "Pinky" Nelson a former NASA astronaut/educator. 1978 NASA Group. Time in space 17d 02h 43m. Missions STS-41-C, STS-61-C, STS-26

1934 - Birthday, Aleksei Stanislavovich Yeliseyev, born in Zhizdra, a retired Soviet cosmonaut who flew on three missions in the Soyuz program as a flight engineer: Soyuz 5, Soyuz 8, and Soyuz 10.

1934 - Death of Mary Emma Byrd (b November 15, 1849) who was an American astronomer and college level astronomy teacher.

maple leaf1932 - Birthday, Hubert Reeves, Canadian astrophysicist and science popularizer.
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