This Day In Astro History

Comet Borrelly is captured by DS1.

December 18

2001 - NASA's adventurous Deep Space 1 mission, which successfully tested 12 high-risk, advanced space technologies and captured the best images ever taken of a comet, shuts down it's ion engines and the mission comes to an end.

1999 NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.

1998 - Death of Lev Dyomin, Soviet cosmonaut, born in 1926, dies of cancer. He flew on Soyuz 15 in 1974 but the objective to dock with Salyut 3 failed. He then became a deep-sea researcher.

1966 Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker.

1958 - SCORE communications satellite launched aboard an Atlas rocket from Cape Canaveral . During it's 34 day lifetime a recorded Christmas greeting  from President Eisenhower was broadcasted.

1934 - Birthday, Boris Volynov, Soviet cosmonaut and engineer, who flew Soyuz 5 and Soyuz 21 spending 52d 7h and 17m in space.
SCORE is launched.
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