Today In Space
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Week In Space
Monday 27 January 2020
- 1967 (53 years ago)
Apollo 1 tragedy, where a fire broke out in the command module in training, tragically killing astronauts Ed White, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee.
Tuesday 28 January 2020
- Expected launch of 60 new Starlink satellites by SpaceX. The satellites will be launched by a Falcon 9 rocket, and join a growing constellation of satellites to provide global satellite internet.
- 1986 (34 years ago)
NASA’s Challenger Space Shuttle exploded during launch. Frigid temperatures caused rubber O-rings to fail and, tragically, all seven crew members were lost.
Friday 01 February 2020
- 2003 (17 years ago)
NASA’s Columbia Space Shuttle disintegrated upon re-entering Earth’s atmosphere, tragically killing the crew of seven onboard. The disaster was caused by a piece of insulation foam breaking off in launch and damaging tiles on the wing.