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falcon1 launches
Falcon 1 launches

September 28

2008 SpaceX launches, at 4:15 PDT, the first ever private spacecraft  the Falcon 1 into orbit. The SpaceX launch site on Omelek Island about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii.

1999 - NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory releases a stunning image of the Crab Nebula, the spectacular remains of a stellar explosion, revealing something never before seen. The brilliant ring around the nebula's heart are waves of high-energy particles that appear to have been flung outward over the distance of a light year from the central star, and high-energy jets of particles blast away from the neutron star in a direction perpendicular to the spiral.
Image Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO
Chandra discovers
The Crab Nebula
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