Today In Space
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Week In Space
Monday 15 January 2018
- Static fire test for SpaceX’s new Falcon Heavy rocket (from 21:00 UTC). This crucial test will see all 27 engines ignite while the rocket is held in place on the launchpad. If successful, this will pave the way for the maiden launch of Falcon Heavy later this month.
Tuesday 16 January 2018
- 1969 (49 years ago):
- First Soviet manned space docking when Soyuz 4 & 5 docked and exchanged crew members. The Americans performed the very first docking in space in 1966 when Neil Armstrong docked Gemini 8 to an unmanned target vehicle.
- 1978 (40 years ago):
Sally Ride, Guion Bluford, and others selected as NASA Shuttle astronauts. This was NASA’s first selection of astronauts from minority groups.