Today In Space
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Week In Space
Monday 14 May 2018
- 1973 (45 years ago):
Skylab launch, the first American space station. Its solar panels were damaged during launch but were repaired by the first three crew members to visit the station.
- 2009 (9 years ago):
Planck and Herschel telescopes launch. These ESA telescopes studied the first light of the universe (CMB) and the infrared light from cool, dusty objects in space, respectively.
Friday 18 May 2018
- 1991 (27 years ago):
First Briton in space. Britain’s Helen Sharman launched in a Soyuz spacecraft and flew to the Mir space station as part of a private/Russian programme called Project Juno. Sharman was also the first woman to visit Mir.
Saturday 19 May 2018
- SpaceX launch. A recycled Falcon 9 rocket will launch 5 communication satellites and 2 NASA research satellites. Launch scheduled for 21:03 BST from California.