This Day In Astro History

Moon and Earth
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September 18

2000 - Report of the UK Task Force on Near Earth Objects released. The Task Force was chaired by Dr Harry Atkinson, formerly of the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) and past Chairman of the European Space Agency's Council. Sir Crispin Tickell, British diplomat, and Professor David Williams, immediate past President of the Royal Astronomical Society, completed the team. The report covered made 14 recommendations which include the British role in a greater international effort, improvement in the ability to detect incoming objects, an assessment of risks, measures to mitigate any future impacts, and new national and international arrangements to cope with the many issues that are raised. The report is also a comprehensive review of current knowledge.

1999 - Deep Space 1, End Of Primary Mission

1995 - Landing of STS-69 at 11:38 GMT.

1991 - Landing of STS-48 at 07:38 GMT.

1980 Soyuz 38 carries two cosmonauts (including one Cuban) to Salyut 6 space station.

1977 - Voyager 1 snaps the first-ever image of the Earth AND Moon together.

1959 - Vanguard 3 was a scientific satellite that was launched into Earth orbit by a Vanguard rocket. It's objective was to measure the Earth's magnetic field, x-ray radiation and the micrometeoroid environment.


1908 Victor Ambartsumian, Georgian-Armenian astrophysicist, astronomer, and academic (d. 1996)
1932 Nikolay Rukavishnikov, Russian physicist and astronaut (d. 2002)
1944 Charles L. Veach, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1995)
1954 Takao Doi, Japanese engineer and astronaut
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