This Day In Astro History


August 23

2001 - an early-morning fire caused an estimated $2.5 million in damage to Bishop Planetarium in Brandenton, Florida.

1993 - The Galileo spacecraft discovers a moon, later named Dactyl, around 243 Ida, the first known asteroid moon.

1966 - Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon.
Ida and Moon Dactyl
Ida and it's Moon, Dactyl

first image of Earth from the Moon
The first view of Earth taken from the Moon.
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It is my conclusion that human evolution and the motions of matter in space are intrinsically linked. The observation and understanding of the complexity of biological history on Earth cannot be complete without the tandem observation and understanding of a dynamic greater cosmos. - SpaceGene