July 6, 2009 - United Nations in Space

United Nations in Space The space shuttle Columbia appears suspended above the cloud-covered ocean, while its open cargo bay doors reveal the Spacelab module and the access tunnel that connects it to Columbia’s crew compartment. The fifteen-day STS-65 mission, launched fifteen years ago this week, was the longest shuttle mission to date. STS-65 was the second flight of the International Microgravity Laboratory (IML-2) science module. A truly international effort, IML-2 allowed Columbia’s crew of seven (which included the first Japanese woman astronaut) to conduct eighty-two experiments developed by scientists from thirteen different countries in areas such as materials science, characterization of the zero-G environment, biology and bioprocessing, human physiology, and radiation biology.

Image credit: NASA


Weekly Calendar

July 6-12, 2009

Holidays - Sky Events - Space History

Moon phase Monday 6

1687: Isaac Newton publishes his Principia

Moon phase Tuesday 7

Full Moon 5:21 am
Moon at apogee

1995: Final test flight of DC-X rocket
1998: First satellite launch from a submarine
2003: Mars rover Opportunity launched

Moon phase Wednesday 8

1994: STS-65 Columbia launched
2009: First flight test of Max Launch Abort System
2011: STS-135 Atlantis launched, final shuttle mission

Moon phase Thursday 9

1945: White Sands Missile Range opens
1979: Voyager 2 flies past Jupiter

Moon phase Friday 10

Jupiter 4° south of Moon
Neptune 3° south of Moon

1962: Telstar 1 launched, allowing transatlantic transmission of TV signals
1992: Giotto spacecraft flies past comet Grigg-Skjellerup

Moon phase Saturday 11

1962: NASA selects lunar orbit rendezvous method for lunar landings
1969: X-24A lifting body rolled out for first time
1979: Skylab reenters atmosphere

Moon phase Sunday 12

1966: First glide test of M2-F2 lifting body
2000: Zvezda Service Module launched to ISS
2001: STS-104 Atlantis launched

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