This Day In Astro History

Earth Image from Galileo 1st flyby
Image from Galileo spacecraft, 1st flyby

December 8

2010 - SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.

2010IKAROS, the japanese solar-sail spacecraft, passes Venus at a distance of about 80,800 km.

1990Galileo, Jupiter exploration mission, 1st Earth Flyby.  It becomes the first interplanetary spacecraft that has ever visited the Earth.
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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