This Day In Astro History

December 1

1984 - NASA conducts the Controlled Impaction Demonstraton, also known as the Crash in the Desert.) A remote controlled Boeing 720 was intentionally crashed in order to improve occupant crash survivability.

1960 - Space dogs Pchyolka (Little Bee) and Mushka (Little Fly) were launched aboard Korabl-Sputnik-3, also known as Sputnik 6. The spacecraft spent a day in orbit but when the retrofire was not configured correctly the capsule, and it's canine space travelers, reentered the atmosphere too steeply and was destroyed.
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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