Today In Space
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Week In Space
Tuesday 18 February 2020
- 1930 (90 years ago)
Pluto is discovered by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh. Considered the Solar System’s ‘ninth planet’ for many years, it was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006.
Wednesday 19 February 2020
- 1986 (34 years ago)
The first pieces of the Soviet Union’s Mir space station were launched. The station was replaced in 2001 by the ISS and was visited by 104 different astronauts, including the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman.
Thursday 20 February 2020
- Expected 100th launch of a Soyuz-2 rocket.
Friday 19 February 2020
- 1996 (24 years ago)
A black hole is discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope for the first time by mapping a galaxy’s star motions.