This Day In Astro History

Dorrit Hoffleit, Astronomer, Teacher

March 12

2013 - An analysis of a Martian rock sample collected by NASA's Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.

2012 - International Space Station Robonaut signs "Hello World".

2007 - Chandra Space Telescope releases a new panorama which reveals thousands of black holes.

2002 - Astronomers on Earth finally detect Asteroid 2002 EM7, 300 to 400 meters (1,000 to 1,300 feet) in width, which came within 450,000 kilometers (288,000 miles) of Earth on March 8th.

1999 - Asteroid 1864 Daedalus Closest Approach To Earth (1.331 AU)

1974 - Mars 6 Mars Flyby/Landing (Soviet Union)

1906 - Dorrit Hoffleit born. She was the author of the Bright Star Catalogue, a compendium of information on the 9,110 brightest stars in the sky; she also co-authored The General Catalogue of Trigonometric Stellar Parallaxes, containing precise distance measurements to 8,112 stars. Dorrit was an inspiration to thousands of students at Yale and was awarded the George Van Biesbroeck Prize by the American Astronomical Society for a lifetime of service to astronomy.

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