This Day In Astro History


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November 13

2015 - Cassini image of Titan acquired during the mission's 'T-114' flyby.

1999 - The failure of a fourth gyroscope placed the Hubble Space Telescope in safe mode until the SM3A rendezvous, Space Shuttle STS103, could grapple and repair the telescope on December 20, 1999.

1981 - Canadarm, Space Shuttle's remote manipulator system, first flies aboard STS-2. The Canadarm is developed by Spar Aerospace. It is often the unplanned tasks that demonstrate a machines performance. Some of these tasks set to the Canadarm included knocking a block of ice from a clogged waste-water vent, pushing a faulty antenna into place, and successfully activating a satellite (using a swatter made from briefing covers) that failed to go into proper orbit. The flight marked the first time a manned space vehicle had been reflown with a second crew.

- The American's Mariner 9 arrives at Mars and becomes the first space probe to orbit Mars and eventually map the entire surface of the planet.

1833 - The Great Leonids Meteor Storm. During the 4 hours which preceded dawn debris from comet Tempel-Tuttle lit up the night skies over the Eastern US causing panic among those who viewed it. This event was the beginning of modern meteor astronomy.

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