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Space History for March 15


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1713
Born, Nicolas Louis de La Caille, French astronomer who mapped the Southern Hemisphere
http://messier.seds.org/xtra/Bios/lacaille.html

1863
R Luther discovered asteroid #78 Diana.

1872
R Luther discovered asteroid #118 Peitho.

1895
A Charlois discovered asteroid #400 Ducrosa.

1898
Died, Henry Bessemer, English metallurgist, engineer, inventor (Bessemer process for steel manufacture)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Bessemer

1932
Born, Alan Lavern Bean (at Wheeler, Texas, USA), Capt USN, NASA astronaut (Apollo 12, Skylab 3)

Astronaut Alan Bean, NASA photo
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/bean-al.html

1940
G Kulin discovered asteroid #3380.

1946
The first static test firing of a German V-2 rocket in the United States was performed at White Sands.
https://history.msfc.nasa.gov/german/v-2_whitesands.html

1950
L Boyer discovered asteroid #1616 Filipoff.

1952
A Schmitt discovered asteroid #1622 Chacornac.

1953
A Schmitt discovered asteroid #3156.

1960
The US National Observatory at Kitt Peak, Arizona was dedicated.
https://www.noao.edu/kp50/

1972
NASA announced its choice of solid boosters for its Space Shuttle as it defended the program before Congress.
https://history.nasa.gov/sts1/pdfs/explore.pdf

1982
A Mrkos discovered asteroid #3571.

1985
The first domain name was registered on the Internet, www.symbolics.com.
http://symbolics.com/about-symbolics/

1994
Asteroid ES1 came within 160-180,000 km of Earth.
https://www.universeguide.com/asteroid/es1

2004
Died, Sir William Hayward Pickering ONZ KBE, former head of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Pickering_%28rocket_scientist%29

2004
The discovery of 90377 Sedna was announced, the farthest natural object in the Solar system observed to date.
http://web.gps.caltech.edu/~mbrown/sedna/

2008
Died (colon cancer), G. David Low, NASA astronaut (STS 32, STS 43, STS 57)
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/low.html


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