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Tycho Brahe
(1546 - 1601)

December 14

1989 - The Canadian Space Agency was created by an act of Parliament and its mission is to "promote the peaceful use and development of space for the social and economic benefit of Canadians. In 1966, John H. Chapman, who was head of the Alouette project, was given the task of leading a group to conduct a study to establish a basis for a policy on space research in Canada. The plan was issued in 1967 and is known as the Chapman report. In this report, John H. Chapman recommended that the central theme of the space program in Canada be the application to specific Canadian needs. Prime requirements were identified at that time as communications and earth    observation. John H. Chapman, whose life-long devotion and contributions to Canadian space research, made him widely recognized as the "Father of the Canadian Space Program."

1972 - The Lunar Module ascent stage of Apollo 17 lifted off the moon at 10:54:37 p.m. GMT. Apollo 17 hosted the first scientist-astronaut to land on moon: Harrison Schmitt. The sixth automated research station was set up. The lunar rover vehicle traversed a total of 30.5 kilometers. Lunar surface-stay time was 75 hours, and lunar orbit time 17 hours. Astronauts gathered 110.4 kilograms, or 243 pounds, of material. On December 14, 2016 it will have been 16,071 Days or 44 years since humans have been on the moon. On December 14, 2022 it will have been 18,262 Days = 50 Years since humans have been on the moon.

1962 - The US's Mariner 2 encounters Venus and becomes the first successful interplanetary probe.

1954 - Birthday of Steve MacLean, Canadian physicist and astronaut. 

1546 - Tycho Brahe's Birthday. Born at Knudstrup, Danish pre-telescopic astronomer who established the first modern observatory and overturned many pre-Copernican theories, and gave Johannes Kepler his first job in the field.
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