This Day In Astro History

STARSHINE-1 at NRL (Courtesy of STARSHINE home page)

Draper's 2nd picture of Orion
Henry Draper's second picture of Orion - 1882

September 30

2009 - Canadian billionaire and Cirque du Soleil founder, Guy Laliberté launches from Baikonur to the ISS to become the first Canadian space tourist.

2001 - Starshine 3 launched from Kodiak launch complex. Starshine-3 was a 90 kg, 0.9 m geodetic sphere that was partially manufactered and observed by students. The NASA satellite was basically a passive light-reflecting sphere, consisting of 1,500 student-built mirrors (polished by kindergarten and grade school students from many countries) and 31 laser "retroreflectors". A few solar cells provide enough power to send a beacon at 145.825 MHz every minute. Ham operators around the world were expected to obtain signal strengths from which the decay due to magnetic torque) of its spin rate could be determined. The project was managed by NASA GSFC and Starshine was built by the Naval Research Laboratory.

1995 - Last transmission received from Pioneer 11, 20 years after the 1972 launch. "Pioneer 10 was 7.6 billion miles from Earth, or 82 times the nominal distance between the sun and the Earth. A that distance, it takes more than 11 hours and 20 minutes for the radio signal, traveling at the speed of light, to reach the Earth."

1994 - STS-68 Shuttle Endeavour is launched at 7:16 EDT. "The launch was originally scheduled August 18, 1994, but there was a Redundant Sequence Launch Sequencer (RSLS) abort at T-1.9 sec after all 3 main engines ignited.

1880 - Henry Draper makes the first photo of the Orion Nebula, and Doug Johnstone continues the exploration of the Orion Nebula today taking photos with Hubble Space Telescope
Artist in Space - Guy Laliberté
Artist in Space - Guy Laliberté

STS 68 Mission Patch
STS - 68 Mission Patch.
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