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Space History for March 28

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Heinrich Olbers discovered Pallas, the second known asteroid, one of the largest asteroids in the Solar System.

A. Schwassmann discovered asteroid #454 Mathesis.

Henri Fabre became the first person to fly a seaplane after taking off from a water runway near Martigues, France.

Bradley A. Fiske of Washington, DC was granted the first patent for a microfilm reading device.

Robert Goddard launched the first rocket equipped with gyroscopic controls.

The last episode of the "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" was aired on radio.

Born, Wubbo J. Ockels PhD (at Almelo, Netherlands), ESA astronaut (STS 61-A; 7d 44m in spaceflight) (deceased)

ESA astronaut Wubbo Ockels PhD, NASA photo
Source: Wikipedia

T. Smirnova discovered asteroid #3049.

T. Smirnova discovered asteroid #3071 Nesterov.

E. Bowell discovered asteroid #2873 Binzel.

1985 23:58:00 GMT
NASA launched Intelsat 5A F-10, a COMSAT Corporation commercial communications satellite, the first in a series of improved commercial communications satellites for Intelsat.

The International Cometary Explorer measured the Solar wind ahead of Comet Halley.

A Type II supernova was detected in M81 (NGC 3031).

Supernova 1993J in M81, the brighter star in the lower right corner
Source: Greg Bothun's Messier collection

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