This Day In Astro History

March 13

2013 - Chris Hadfield becomes the first Canadian astronaut to command the International Space Station.

2012 - Geologic Map of Jupiter's Moon Io is released.

2006 - Google Mars, an interactive map, goes live.

1969 Apollo program: Apollo 9 returns safely to Earth after testing the Lunar Module.

1855 - Percival Lowell's birthday, wealthy Bostonian who established his own observatory outside Flagstaff, Arizona. Lowell predicted canals on Mars. He died in on November 12, 1916.

1781 - William Herschel discovers the planet Uranus.

Chris Hadfield stands for Oh Canada
Cmdr Chris Hadfield (left) stands for Oh Canada.

1999 - Pathfinder started us wondering "where did all the water go?"

Percival Lowell's Map of Mars.
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