This Day In Astro History

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STS 32 Mission Patch

January 9

1990 - STS-32 Launch Mission duration: 10 days, 21 hours, zero minutes, 36seconds. Landed revolution 172. Longest Space Shuttle flight to date. 

1986 - Stephen Synnott's Discovery of Uranus Moon Cressida

1839 - South African Thomas Henderson, using geometrical parallax, first measures the distance to a star ( Alpha Centauri) other than the Sun.
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