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August 8, 2016 - All in a Day’s Work

All in a Day’s Work  Astronaut Patrick G. Forrester is tethered to the outside of the International Space Station as he works on the exterior of the Destiny laboratory module during the STS-105 mission, which was launched fifteen years ago this week. During the mission, the orbiter Discovery ferried the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo, which held 3,181 kg (7,000 lbs) of cargo and supplies for the Station, including the Early Ammonia Servicer, which was installed on the outside of the ISS. Astronauts conducted two separate spacewalks totaling almost twelve hours. During its nearly twelve days in space, Discovery completed 186 orbits of Earth and traveled a distance of 7 million km (4.3 million mi) before returning to Earth, landing at Kennedy Space Center’s Runway 15 on August 22.

Image credit: NASA

Weekly Calendar

August 8-14, 2016

Holidays - Sky Events - Space History

 

Moon phase Monday 8

1978: Pioneer-Venus 2 launched
1989: Hipparcos observatory launched
1989: STS-28 Columbia launched
2001: Genesis spacecraft launched
2007: STS-118 Endeavour launched

Moon phase Tuesday 9

Moon at apogee

1965: First static test of SIV-B stage
1976: Luna 24 launched

Moon phase Wednesday 10

First Qtr Moon 2:21 PM ET

1966: Lunar Orbiter I launched
1990: Magellan enters orbit around Venus
2001: STS-105 Discovery launched

Moon phase Thursday 11

Mars 8° south of Moon

1960: Discoverer 13 capsule becomes first object recovered from orbit
1962
: Vostok 3 launched

Moon phase Friday 12

Saturn 4° south of Moon
Perseid meteor shower

1877: Asaph Hall discovers Deimos, moon of Mars
1960: Echo 1 satellite launched on first successful Delta rocket
1962: Vostok 4 launched
1977: HEAO-1 launched
1977: Space shuttle Enterprise’s first glide test
2005: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launched

Moon phase Saturday 13

Saturn appears stationary
Perseid meteor shower

Moon phase Sunday 14

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