This Day In Astro History

February 3

2006 - NASA's Deep Impact Team Reports First Evidence of Cometary Ice. "We have known for a long time that water ice exists in comets, but this is the first evidence of water ice on comets." --Jessica Sunshine, Deep Impact co-investigator

2005 - Arecibo's sensitive new eye, Alfalfa, begins massive sky survey. (Cornell Release)

1995 Astronaut Eileen Collins becomes the first woman to pilot the Space Shuttle as mission STS-63 launches from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

1994 - STS-60 Launch (Discovery), 1st Russian Cosmonaut on Space Shuttle, Wake Shield Facility. "The STS-60 mission saw the first flight of the Wake Shield Facility (WSF), a 12-foot diameter, stainless steel disk which was deployed and retrieved using the Shuttle mechanical arm.  While it flies free of the Space Shuttle,  WSF will generate an "ultra-vacuum" environment in space within which to grow thin semiconductor films for next-generation advanced electronics.  The commercial applications for these new semiconductors include digital cellular telephones, high-speed transistors and processors, fiber optics, opto-electronics and high-definition television. 

1994 - Maiden Flight of NASDA H-2 Launch Vehicle (Japan)  

1984 - STS-41B Launch (Challenger), 1st Untethered Spacewalk (Manned Maneuvering Unit) 

1966 - First soft landing on the Moon, by Soviet Luna 9.
water ice on comet
Water Ice ON Comet Temple 1

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STS-63 Crew

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STS 60 Mission Patch
NASA Photo ID: S84-27562 Bruce McCandless
Walking in Space
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