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Space History for March 28


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1802
Heinrich Olbers discovered Pallas, the second known asteroid, one of the largest asteroids in the Solar System.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_Pallas

1900
A Schwassmann discovered asteroid #454 Mathesis.

1910
Henri Fabre became the first person to fly a seaplane after taking off from a water runway near Martigues, France.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seaplane#Early_pioneers

1922
Bradley A. Fiske of Washington, DC patented the first microfilm reading device.
http://www.google.com.ag/patents/US1411008

1935
Robert Goddard launched the first rocket equipped with gyroscopic controls.
https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/thismonth/this_month_march10.html

1947
The last episode of the "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" was aired on radio.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buck_Rogers_in_the_25th_Century_(radio_series)

1948
Born, Wubbo J. Ockels (at Almelo, Netherlands), ESA astronaut (STS 61-A) (deceased)
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Astronauts/Wubbo_J._Ockels

1968
T Smirnova discovered asteroid #3049.

1973
T Smirnova discovered asteroid #3071 Nesterov.

1982
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.
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1985-025A

1986
The International Cometary Explorer measured the Solar wind ahead of Comet Halley.
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1978-079A

1993
A Type II supernova was detected in M81 (NGC 3031).

Supernova 1993J in M81, the brighter star in the lower right corner
From Greg Bothun's Messier collection, http://zebu.uoregon.edu/messier.html
http://messier.seds.org/more/m081sn93J.html


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