This Day In Astro History

sts 51J Mission Patch
STS 51J Mission Patch

Wally Schirra
Walter "Wally" Marty Schirra, Jr.

October 3

1985 - STS 51-J Launch, Maiden Flight Of Space Shuttle Atlantis

1962 - Launch of Mercury-Atlas 8 (Sigma 7), focus of spacecraft engineering and microgravity effects on the pilot, Wally Schirra, Jr.

1815 - Chassigny Meteorite fall in Chassigny, Haute Marne, France,  this was the first meteorite identified being from Mars. Although the meteorite was originally 4,000 grams, there are only 750 grams preserved today.
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