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Space History for February 29


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1504
The "Shame on Columbus" eclipse occurred: Christopher Columbus used his knowledge of a Lunar eclipse to solicit provisions from Jamaican natives.
http://www.upi.com/Archives/1992/11/30/Shame-on-Columbus-eclipse-coming-astronomer/6058723099600/

1840
Born, John Philip Holland, developer of the first submarine
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Philip_Holland

1860
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.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman_Hollerith

1880
J Palisa discovered asteroid #214 Aschera.

1936
Born, Jack R. Lousma (at Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA), Col USMC, NASA astronaut (Skylab 3, STS 3)

Astronaut Jack Lousma, NASA photo
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/lousma-jr.html

1976
H-E Schuster discovered asteroid #2105 Gudy.

1996
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.


https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1995-047A


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