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Week In Space

Tuesday 09 April 2019

  • 1959 (60 years ago):

Announcement of America’s first seven Mercury astronauts.

Wednesday 10 April 2019

  • Planned image release from the Event Horizon Telescope. Radio telescopes from around the world hope to capture the first ever image of the edge of a black hole.

Thursday 11 April 2019

  • Planned landing of SpaceIL on the Moon. This will be the first private spacecraft to land on the Moon, originally developed by an Israeli company for Google’s LunarX prize.

 

  • 1970 (49 years ago):

Launch of Apollo 13 mission. Two days into the mission an oxygen tank burst, leading to a race for survival. The three crew returned safely on 17 April.

Friday 12 April 2019

  • 1961 (58 years ago):

Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space, completing one orbit of the Earth. International Day of Human Spaceflight.

  • 1981 (38 years ago):

The first space shuttle, Columbia, launched on its first test flight, carrying two astronauts.

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