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Space History for March 15

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Born, Nicolas Louis de La Caille, French astronomer who mapped the Southern Hemisphere

R. Luther discovered asteroid #78 Diana.

R. Luther discovered asteroid #118 Peitho.

A. Charlois discovered asteroid #400 Ducrosa.

Died, Henry Bessemer, English metallurgist, engineer, inventor (Bessemer process for steel manufacture)

Born, Alan Lavern Bean (at Wheeler, Texas, USA), Capt USN, NASA astronaut (Apollo 12, Skylab 3; 69d 15.75h total time in spaceflight)

Astronaut Alan Bean, NASA photo

G. Kulin discovered asteroid #3380.

The first static test firing of a German V-2 rocket in the United States was performed at White Sands.

L. Boyer discovered asteroid #1616 Filipoff.

A. Schmitt discovered asteroid #1622 Chacornac.

A. Schmitt discovered asteroid #3156.

The US National Observatory at Kitt Peak, Arizona was dedicated.

NASA announced its choice of solid boosters for its Space Shuttle as it defended the program before Congress.

A. Mrkos discovered asteroid #3571.

The first domain name was registered on the Internet,

Asteroid ES1 came within 160-180,000 km of Earth.

Died, Sir William Hayward Pickering ONZ KBE, former head of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The discovery of 90377 Sedna was announced, the farthest natural object in the Solar system observed to date.

Died (colon cancer), G. David Low, NASA astronaut (STS 32, STS 43, STS 57, just over 29d 18h total time in spaceflight)

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