This Day In Astro History

sts-51l mission patch
teacher in space patch

January 28

1999 - The director and staff at Subaru Telescope presented First Light results for their new 8.3-meter telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

1986 - STS 51 L, Space Shuttle Challenger. Disaster. Astronauts killed: Francis R. Scobee, Micheal Smith, Judith Resnick, Ellison S. Onizuka, Gregory B. Jarvis, Ronald E. McNair, and teacher-in-space Christa McAuliffe. Read their bios here. STS-51L ended 1 minute13 seconds after launch. Investigation revealed a booster 0-ring was at fault. " An Accident Rooted in History" was the title of a Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident Report, June, 6, 1986 which outlined the path that led to the tragedy. The Report is available from the NASA History Web here.

challenger's last crew
Challenger's Last Crew - superstar heros


1622 - Adrien Auzout was a French astronomer. (d. 23 May 1691)

1611 - Johannes Hevelius was an astronomer who gained a reputation as "the founder of lunar topography" and described ten new constellations, seven of which are still recognized by astronomers. (d. 28 January 1687)
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