This Day In Astro History

February 11

2010 - Mars Rover Spirit rests for winter on Sol 2169.

2003 - NASA released the best “baby picture” of the Universe ever taken, which contains such stunning detail that it may be one of the most important scientific results of recent years. The cosmic portrait -- capturing the afterglow of the Big Bang, called the cosmic microwave background -- was captured by scientists using NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) during a sweeping 12-month observation of the entire sky.

2000 - Endeavour STS - 99 launched for  Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, the first human space flight of the 21st century. 

1999 - Pluto Crosses Neptune 's Orbit And Becomes the Farthest Planet From the Sun. Pluto will remain the most distant planet until it crosses Neptune's orbit again in April, 2231.

1997 - DiscoverySTS-82 launched for second Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission. 

1970 - Lambda 4S-5, first Japanese satellite launched.

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STS 82 Mission Patch
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