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January 10, 2011 - Satellite Roundup

Satellite Roundup The space shuttle Endeavour is seen here poised for launch prior to the start of the STS-72 mission, which took place fifteen years ago this week. During their nine-day mission, Endeavour’s astronauts retrieved the Space Flyer Unit (SFU), a four-ton spacecraft that was launched by Japan ten months earlier. SFU carried numerous instruments, including an infrared telescope and power-generating equipment, and was controlled by the Kangoshima Space Center in Japan. The crew also deployed and retrieved the OAST Flyer, a test bed for technology experiments. Three of the STS-72 astronauts were involved in two space walks during which they tested tools destined for the International Space Station. On their second EVA they evaluated thermal improvements to the space suits.

Image credit: NASA

Weekly Calendar

January 10-16, 2011

Holidays - Sky Events - Space History

Moon phase Monday 10

Moon at apogee
Uranus and Jupiter 7° south of Moon

1946: U.S. Army bounces radar signal off the Moon
1969: Venera 6 launched

Moon phase Tuesday 11

1978: First triple docking: Soyuz 26, Soyuz 27, Salyut 6
1996: STS-72 Endeavour launched
1998: Lunar Prospector arrives at Moon

Moon phase Wednesday 12

First Quarter Moon 6:31 AM ET

1986: STS-61C Columbia launched
1997: STS-81 Atlantis launched
2005: Deep Impact spacecraft launched

Moon phase Thursday 13

1610: Galileo discovers Ganymede, moon of Jupiter
1978: NASA selects first women astronauts
1993: STS-54 Endeavour launched

Moon phase Friday 14

1975: Earth Resources Technology Satellite is renamed Landsat
2005: Huygens probe lands on Titan
2008: MESSENGER spacecraft makes its first flyby of Mercury

Moon phase Saturday 15

Venus 8° north of Antares

1973: Luna 21 lander and Lunokhod 2 rover land on Moon
1976: Helios 2 launched
2006: Stardust spacecraft returns samples of comet dust

Moon phase Sunday 16

1969: First docking of two human spacecraft (Soyuz 5 and Soyuz 4)
2003: STS-107 Columbia launched

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