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Week In Space

Friday 22 September 2017

  • September Equinox occurs at 21:02 BST, when Sun crosses directly over the Earth’s equator. There will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world, and in the Northern Hemisphere, this marks the start of Autumn.

Wednesday 27 September 2017

  • 2008 (9 years ago):

Zhai Zhigang becomes first Chinese astronaut to perform a space walk, as part of the Shenzhou 7 mission. Shenzhou 7 was only the third human spaceflight mission for the Chinese space programme.

Thursday 28 September 2017

  • 2008 (9 years ago):

SpaceX becomes first private company to place a liquid-fuelled rocket (Falcon 1) into orbit.

Sunday 01 October 2017

  • 1958 (59 years ago):

NASA begins operation, following the success of the National Aeronautics and Space Act, passed on 29 July 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower and the United States government.

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