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Space History for February 29

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The "Shame on Columbus" eclipse occurred: Christopher Columbus used his knowledge of a Lunar eclipse to solicit provisions from Jamaican natives.

Born, John Philip Holland, developer of the first submarine

Born, Herman Hollerith, inventor (punched cards, first electric tabulating machine)

Herman Hollerith (29 February 1860 - 17 November 1929) was an American statistician and inventor who invented the first electric tabulating machine, and the punched cards used for data entry into computers.

J. Palisa discovered asteroid #214 Aschera.

Born, Jack R. Lousma (at Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA), Col USMC, NASA astronaut (Skylab 3, STS 3, nearly 67d 11.25h total time in spaceflight)

Astronaut Jack Lousma, NASA photo

H.-E. Schuster discovered asteroid #2105 Gudy.

USSR Soyuz TM-22 landed, returning from the Mir space station.

Russia launched Soyuz TM-22 on 3 September 1995 from Baikonur to the Mir space station carrying the Mir Expedition EO-20 crew. The crew commander was Yuriy Pavlovich Gidzenko of the Russian Air Force. Flight engineer was Sergey Vasilyevich Avdeev of RKK Energiya, and cosmonaut-researcher was Thomas Reiter of the European Space Agency. Soyuz TM-22 docked with Mir's front (-X) port at 10:29:54 GMT on September 5 and the hatch was opened at 11:01:23.

Soyuz TM-22 landed on 29 February 1996.

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