This Day In Astro History

March 21

2011 - Spacecraft DAWN opens eyes after a six month hibernation in preparation for the May approach and July arrival at Vesta.

1965 - Launch of Ranger IX, 21:36 UT. The Ranger program was a probe series to transmit close-up black and white photographs of the Moon before crashing into the lunar surface. Only three (7, 8, 9) of the nine Rangers were successful. Ranger 9, the last of the unmanned series, impacted the moon on March 24, 1965.

woman1866 - Birthday Antonia Maury, astronomer who published an important early stellar catalog.
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