This Day In Astro History

1789 - William Herschel discovers Saturn's moon Mimas.mimas
Saturn's Moon Mimas
photographed by Voyager

September 17

1976 - Enterprise, the first Shuttle orbiter, was rolled out of Rockwell's plant at Palmdale, California. In recognition of its fictional namesake, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and most of the cast of the original series of Star Trek were on hand at the dedication ceremony.
star trek crew with Enterprise
The Space Shuttle Enterprise rolls out with the original
Star Trek
television cast and crew members. From left to right, the following are pictured: NASA Administrator Dr. James C. Fletcher; DeForest Kelley, who portrayed Dr. "Bones" McCoy on the series; George Takei (Mr. Sulu); James Doohan (Chief Engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott); Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura); Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock); series creator Gene Roddenberry; NASA Deputy Administrator George Low; and, Walter Koenig (Ensign Pavel Chekov).
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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