Today In Space
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Week In Space
Wednesday 12 September 2018
- 1962 (56 years ago):
President Kennedy delivers his famous ‘We choose to go to the Moon’ speech at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Friday 14 September 2018
- 1959 (59 years ago):
The Soviet Union’s Luna 2 spacecraft crashes onto the Moon, becoming first man-made object to reach it.
- 1968 (50 years ago):
Launch of Soviet mission Zond 5 which became the first spacecraft to fly around the Moon and re-enter Earth’s atmosphere. It carried on board two tortoises, along with samples of soil, seeds, and even some worms. All of the animals survived in good health.
Saturday 22 September 2018
- Autumnal Equinox. The autumnal equinox is one of two points in Earth’s orbit where the sun creates equal periods of daytime and nighttime across the globe. Many mark it as the first day of the Autumn.