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John Holliman
1948 - 1998

Gemini 11 Mission Patch

JFK at Rice University

September 12

1998 - John Holliman, 49, dies in an automobile accident. As national correspondent for CNN news network John Holliman reported on shuttle space missions, missions to Mir, and probably his most famous, the Mars Pathfinder mission in 1997. His enthusiasm for space was contagious and he served the public well with his dedication and understanding of the important work of exploration.  Shortly after his death JPL announced the naming of an asteroid in honor of Holliman. In 1999 NASA dedicated its press site auditorium at the Kennedy Space Center the John Holliman Auditorium. "All of us at NASA are stunned and saddened by this tragic loss. Johnís love and enthusiasm for space flight and exploration was infectious and brought America some of the most memorable moments and finest reporting in the history of NASA." -- Dan Goldin

STS-51 patch 1993 - STS - 51 launch. Discovery carries the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite.

1992- STS - 47 launch of the 50th Shuttle mission. On board are Mae Carol Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, Mamoru Mohri, the first Japanese citizen to fly in a US spaceship, and Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first married couple in space. Space Shuttle Endeavour carried Spacelab-J with microgravity and biology experiments.

STS-48 patch 1991 - STS - 48 launch. Discovery's primary payload was the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite.  Discovery carries the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite.

1970 - Luna 16 (USSR) launched. The mission is noted for the first lunar samples recovered by an unmanned spacecraft and returned to the Earth.

1966 - Gemini 11 launch.  This was the 9th Gemini flight.

1962 - President Kennedy gives his famous speech at Rice University in which he declares  "We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not only because they are easy, but because they are hard,  because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too. "  

1959 - Luna 2 (USSR) becomes the first manmade object to strike the moon.
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