This Day In Astro History

sts 61A mission patch
STS 61-A Mission Patch

Venera 13
Venera 13

October 30

1997 - Announcement of discovery of two new Uranian Moons, named Caliban and Stephano. The objects were first detected in images obtained on September 6 and 7, 1997; confirming observations were made at Palomar in late October, as well as at other telescopes in Hawaii and New Mexico. The discoveries were made by Brett J. Gladman (Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics), Philip D. Nicholson (Cornell University), Joseph A. Burns (Cornell University) and JJ Kavelaars (McMaster University, Hamilton).  

1985 - Space Shuttle Challenger lifts off for mission STS-61-A, it's final successful mission. This mission still holds the record for the largest crew, eight personas, aboard any spacecraft.

1981- Venera 13 was launched. Venera returned photos and data from Venus until March 1983. Also aboard, was two high energy science instruments researching gamma ray bursts. A total of 44, mostly confirmed, cosmic gamma-ray events were detected between November 1981 and March 1982 by the 2 instruments.

1930 - Birthday, Michael Collins, American astronaut. Selected as part of the third group of fourteen astronauts in 1963 he piloted the command module for Apollo 11.
Discovery image of Stephano, Uranian moon.

Happy Birthday Michael Collins
Happy Birthday, Michael Collins
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