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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-01-2014 10:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Roger Launius, the associate director for collections and curatorial affairs at the National Air and Space Museum, has provided through his blog a chronology of anniversaries in 2014 that relate to space exploration. For example, marking 50 years in 2014:
8 April — The first American Gemini flight took place, an unpi­loted test that made four orbits.

28 May — The United States placed the first Apollo command module (CM) in orbit in a test flight atop a Saturn I.

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posted 01-02-2014 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
August 30th -- 30 years ago Discovery launched on her first mission (STS-41D).

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40 years since the return to Earth of the final Skylab crew on February 8th 1974.

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posted 01-02-2014 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some 50th anniversaries coming up that I can recall:
  • January 29, 1964: First live Saturn second stage launches on SA-5.
  • July 28, 1964: Ranger 7 launch.
  • October 31, 1964: Astronaut Ted Freeman killed in a T-38 crash.
  • November 28, 1964: Mariner 4 launch to Mars.
  • December 9, 1964: Gemini 2 unmanned flight has a shutdown on Pad 19.

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  • August 21, 1965 - Gemini 5 Launch
  • August 29, 1965 - Gemini 5 Splashdown
  • May 16, 2011 - STS-134 Launch
  • June 1, 2011 - STS-134 Landing at KSC
  • July 8, 2011 - STS-135 Launch
  • July 21, 2011 - STS-135 Landing at KSC

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-02-2014 06:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Generally, anniversaries of note are in intervals of five (i.e. 10th, 15th, 25th, 50th), otherwise you can end up listing every date from history.

While the Gemini 5, STS-134 and STS-135 missions are certainly historic, 2014 marks their 49th and third anniversaries...

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posted 01-02-2014 09:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Greggy_D:
August 30th -- 30 years ago Discovery launched on her first mission (STS-41D).
About two months prior to that, June 26th, shuttle Discovery experienced what I believe was the first main engine shutdown launch abort on the pad. Due to an anomaly in one of the orbiter's three main engines, the countdown was halted a mere four seconds before SRB ignition.

From the Press Site we heard a short roar then sort of a fading screech followed by... silence. There were a few rather scary moments as controllers scrambled to explain what just happened and what would come next.

It was determined that the crew would not take the emergency slide-wire egress route. They all departed normally, as they had done the previous day when the countdown was scrubbed at the T-9 minute mark due to a computer glitch.

Ah DISCOVERY, you were a difficult bird to get off the ground; but once you got going you became the workhorse of the fleet!

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posted 01-02-2014 10:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Cozmosis22:
Ah DISCOVERY, you were a difficult bird to get off the ground; but once you got going you became the workhorse of the fleet!
Which I like to point out is ironic considering Discovery was slated to fly just four missions a year as the Vandenberg-dedicated shuttle.

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