This Day In Astro History

John Glenn
John Glenn 
first American to orbit Earth

sts 122 landing
Atlantis landing at KSC

February 20

2013 The smallest extrasolar planet, to-date, Kepler-37b is discovered.

2007 - STS 122 Atlantis Lands at Kennedy Space Center after completing a 14 day assembly mission to International Space Station.

1986 - The base unit of the Soviet Mir Space Station was launched. 

1965 Ranger 8 crashes into the moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts.

1962 - Lt. Colonel John Glenn, became the first American to orbit the Earth aboard Mercury capsule Friendship 7.

1959 - The Avro Arrow program in Canada is cancelled.
artist impression Kepler 37b
Artist impression of Kepler 37b

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