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Fifteenth Anniversary of Voyager 2 flyby of Uranus in 1986.
January 29, 2001
Fifteenth Anniversary of Voyager 2 flyby of Uranus in 1986
Progress Docks with Mir, Bringing Fuel and Certain Doom
Looking Back at the Challenger Tragedy
FIFTEENTH ANNIVERSARY OF Voyager 2 FLYBY OF Uranus IN 1986
It's been 15 years since the Voyager 2 spacecraft sent back the first ever pictures of the planet Uranus. A historic event by all accounts, this flyby was quickly eclipsed by the Challenger disaster only 5 days later. Space historian Larry Klaes takes a look back at the flyby.
PROGRESS DOCKS WITH MIR, BRINGING FUEL AND CERTAIN DOOM
A Russian Progress cargo ship docked with the Mir space station on Saturday, beginning the countdown to the station's crash in early March. Although cosmonauts were ready to launch in case something went wrong with the automated docking system, everything went off without a hitch. On March 6th, ground controllers will fire the Progress' thrusters and drop the station out of orbit - most of it will burn up, but large pieces will plunge into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Australia.
LOOKING BACK AT THE CHALLENGER TRAGEDY
January 28 was the 15th anniversary of the greatest tragedy in the history of spaceflight - the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger, which killed 7 astronauts. NASA examiners spent thousands of hours poring over the details of the explosion and the events that led up to it; the hard lessons learned have affected the direction of the space agency ever since.
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