Today In Space
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Week In Space
Monday 14 October 2019
- 2012 (7 years ago)
Felix Baumgartner sets a freefall world record of 39,068 metres.
Tuesday 15 October 2019
- 1997 (22 years ago)
Launch of Cassini, NASA’s spacecraft to Saturn that arrived at the planet in 2004 and ran for thirteen years.
- 2003 (16 years ago)
Launch of Shenzhou 5, making China the third country to launch an astronaut to space. The astronaut was Yang Liwei.
Friday 18 October 2019
- 1967 (52 years ago)
Venera 4 becomes the first probe to enter another planet’s atmosphere as it arrives at Venus. The probe transmitted for ninety-three minutes before being crushed by Venus’ high pressure.
- 1989 (30 years ago)
NASA’s Galileo spacecraft is launched aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis, arriving at Jupiter just over six years later.