This Day In Astro History

Europa's icerafts

Mars Polar Lander, Artist's Conception

da Vinci flying machine

January 3

Spirit on Mars
2004 - NASA's Spirit Rover Lands on Mars at 8:35PM PST.

2000 - Galileo spacecraft flyby of Jupiter's moon Europa. The spacecraft traveled past Europa at an  altitude of 351 kilometers.

1999 - Launch Of Mars Polar Lander and Deep Space 2 at 3:21 pm EST atop a Delta II rocket. The lander was to Mars December 3, 1999 and be the first spacecraft ever to set down near Mars' southern polar cap. Equipped with a six-foot robotic arm the lander will dig beneath the surface of the planet. Deep Space 2 contains two microprobes which will crash into the planet's surface and conduct soil and water experiments. Also aboard the spacecraft was the Mars Microphone, a project sponsored by The Planetary Society to send the first sounds from another planet to eager listeners on Earth.

1986Stephen Synnott's Discovery of Uranus Moons Juliet & Portia

1886 - Birthday of Grigory Nikolaevich Neummin (Russian) who is credited with the discovery of 74 asteroids and a number of periodic comets.

1496 - Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine.
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It is my conclusion that human evolution and the motions of matter in space are intrinsically linked. The observation and understanding of the complexity of biological history on Earth cannot be complete without the tandem observation and understanding of a dynamic greater cosmos. - SpaceGene