This Day In Astro History

Neptune by Voyager
Voyager 2 view of Neptune

concept of V1500 Cygni
Artist's concept of V1500 Cygni.
Image credit: M. A. Garlick

August 29

2001 - Launch of Japanese H-2A rocket carrying an instrumented satellite simulator.

1996 - MuSat-1 Victor separated from the launch vehicle at 05:31 GMT, becoming the first Argentine-built satellite.

1989 - Voyager 2, the first spacecraft to observe the planet, speeds past Neptune after making discoveries about the planet and its moons.

1975 - Discovery by Kentaro Osada of Mitake, Japan, of V1500 Cygni, one of the most dramatic fast novae on record, altering the familiar outline of the Northern Cross in Cygnus.  It was the fastest, largest amplitude, and second most intrinsically bright nova of the twentieth century (only Nova Puppis 1942 was brighter).

1965 - Landing of Gemini 5.  Due to a programming error Pilot Cooper had to compensate and bring the capsule down manually, landing closer to the pickup ship than would otherwise have been.
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