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Space History for February 4


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1600
Johannes Kepler met Tycho Brahe for the first time, near Prague. After initial problems were resolved, Kepler started working for Brahe in June.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Kepler#Work_for_Tycho_Brahe

1841
Born, Clement Ader, French inventor (first to fly a heavier-than-air craft)

Clement Ader (4 February 1841 - 5 March 1926) was an early aviation enthusiast who constructed a balloon at his own expense during the Franco-German War of 1870-71. In 1876, he quit his job in the Administration of Bridges and Highways to make more money to support his hobby. His early inventions in electrical communications included a microphone and a public address device.

He then focused on the problem of heavier-than-air flying machines, and in 1890 built a steam-powered, bat-winged monoplane. On 9 October 1890, he flew it a distance of 50 m (160 feet) on a friend's estate near Paris. The steam engine was unsuitable for sustained and controlled flight. Nevertheless, Ader's short hop was the first demonstration that a manned heavier-than-air machine could take off from level ground under its own power.


http://www.pilotfriend.com/photo_albums/timeline/eole.htm

1858
H Goldschmidt discovered asteroid #52 Europa, the seventh largest [known] asteroid.

1875
Born, Ludwig Prandtl, German physicist (rigorous systematic mathematical analyses in the science of aerodynamics, father of aeronautical engineering)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_Prandtl

1883
Born, Reinhold Rudenberg, inventor (electric power systems, electrostatic-lens electron microscope)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhold_Rudenberg

1888
A Charlois discovered asteroid #272 Antonia.

1902
Born, Charles Lindbergh (at Detroit, Michigan, USA), American aviator, first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean

Charles Augustus Lindbergh II (4 February 1902 - 26 August 1974) was a pioneering United States aviator most famous for the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.


http://www.charleslindbergh.com/history/

1906
Born, Clyde Tombaugh, astronomer (discovered Pluto, 1930)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clyde_Tombaugh

1908
J H Metcalf discovered asteroid #1345 Potomac.

1924
B Jekhovsky discovered asteroid #1017 Jacqueline.

1928
Died, Hendrik A Lorentz, physicist (Lorentz transformation, Nobel 1902 "in recognition of the extraordinary service [he] rendered by [his] researches into the influence of magnetism upon radiation phenomena")
http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1902/lorentz-bio.html

1929
E Delporte discovered asteroid #1664 Felix.

1932
Asteroid #1239 Queteleta was discovered by Eugene Joseph Delporte; and L Volta discovered asteroid #1238 Predappia.

1934
Karl Wilhelm Reinmuth discovered asteroids #2824 Franke, #3219 Komaki, #3370 Kohsai and #3404.

1936
Radium E became the first radioactive substance produced synthetically.
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Radium

1961 09:36:00 GMT
USSR launched Sputnik 7, the first Soviet attempt at a Venus probe, which did not leave Earth orbit.

Sputnik 7 was the first Soviet attempt at a Venus probe, successfully launched into Earth orbit on 4 February 1961. The launch payload consisted of an Earth orbiting launch platform (Tyazheliy Sputnik 4) and the Venera probe. The fourth stage (a Zond rocket) was supposed to launch the Venera probe towards a landing on Venus after one Earth orbit but ignition failed, probably due to a faulty timer, and the spacecraft remained in Earth orbit. Because of its large size (6483 kg), the mission was originally thought by non-Soviet observers to be a failed manned mission. It later was described as a test of an Earth orbiting platform from which an interplanetary probe could be launched.


http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/database/MasterCatalog?sc=1961-002A

1962
The Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn were within 16 degrees of each other, when viewed from Earth.
https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2000/ast30mar_1m

1975
Died, Anatoli Arkadyevich Blagonravov, Russian scientist, President of the Academy of Artillery Sciences 1946-1950, lead Soviet upper atmosphere exploration using sounding rockets, USSR member of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatoli_Blagonravov

1983
A Mrkos discovered asteroid #3324.

1993
The Russian space agency tested an 20 meter wide space mirror.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Znamya_%28satellite%29

2015
Died, Fitzhugh L Fulton Jr, NASA project pilot on all early tests of the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) used to air launch the Space Shuttle prototype Enterprise in the Approach and Landing Tests (ALT) at Dryden in 1977
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitzhugh_L._Fulton


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