This Day In Astro History

James Maxwell statue in Edinburgh
James Maxwell statue in Edinburgh.

November 5

2007 China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1 goes into orbit around the Moon.

1964 - Mariner 3 (USA) Mars Flyby Mission but the shroud encasing the spacecraft atop its rocket did not open. It is now derelict in solar orbit.

1831 - Birthday, James Clerk Maxwell, English pioneer theoretician in electromagnetism and the nature of light.
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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