This Day In Astro History

Cassini launch
Cassini launches to Saturn.

October 15

2003 China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission.

1997 - Cassini launch. Expected arrival at Saturn June 2004. The Titan IV launch vehicle, including the Centaur upper stage, weighed 940,000 kilograms (2 million pounds), of which 840,000 kilograms (1.8 million pounds) was propellant -- all required to launch a spacecraft weighing about 6,000 kg (13,000 pounds, or about 1/150th the mass).

1974 - The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded Professor Martin Ryle and Professor Antony Hewish the 1974 Nobel Prize in Physics. Professors Ryle and Hewish have been awarded the Prize for their pioneering research in radioastrophysics: Ryle for his observations and inventions, in particular of the aperture-synthesis technique, and Hewish for his decisive role in the discovery of pulsars.

1964 - Birthday, Italian Astronaut, Roberto Vittori. Time in Space 35d 12h 26m. He flew on Soyuz TM-34/TM-33, Soyuz TMA-6/TMA-5, STS-134.

1829 - Birthday, Asaph Hall, American Astronomer who discovered the moons of Mars, Deimos and Phobos in 1877.
China's first human in space
China's first human in space.
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