This Day In Astro History

February 12

2001- NEAR SHOEMAKER spacecraft lands on asteroid Eros.

1974 - Mars 5 Mars Flyby (Soviet Union)

1961 - Venera 1 (USSR) launched. Venus flyby mission. It never arrived and is now in solar orbit.

1947 - At around 10:30am eyewitnesses of the Sikhote-Alin Mountains Meteorite fall, Primorye, Soviet Union, observed a large bolide brighter than the Sun that came out of the north. The bright flash and the deafening sound of the fall were observed for 300 kilometres (190 mi) around the point of impact not far from Luchegorsk and approximately 440 km (270 mi) northeast of Vladivostok. A smoke trail, estimated at 32 km (20 mi) long, remained in the sky for several hours. The post-atmospheric mass of the meteoroid at some 23,000 kg (51,000 lb).
Last Image from Eros
Last image from Near Shoemaker

Sikhote Alin Meteorite
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