Daily Extra :
Landsat was the series of revolutionary satellites that were first launched in 1972 for the purpose of systematically photographing the surface of the Earth from space.
Who Was Born Today?:
1942: Vladimir Vasilyevich Kovolyonok, USR, cosmonaut, Soyuz 25, 29/31, T-4
1946: James C. Adamson, born Warsaw New York, Lt. Col. U.S. astronaut on STS 28, STS 43
1949: Bonnie J. Dunbar, born Sunnyside, Washington, PhD/astronaut, STS 61-A, 32, 50, 71, 89
1949: James S. Voss, born Cordova, Alabama, Major USA/astronaut, STS 44, 53, 69
1951: Sergei Aleksandrovich Yemelyanov, Russian cosmonaut
1953: Aleksandr Viktorovich Borodin, born in Russia, cosmonaut
Who Died Today?:
Today in History:
1959: US Probe, Pioneer 4 made a Distant Lunar Flyby. It is now in a solar orbit.
1969: Apollo 9 launched for 151 Earth orbits (10 days)
1987: Pioneer 9, USA Solar Probe (November 8, 1968 - March 3, 1987) died. Still in solar orbit.
1996: NEAR, USA Asteroid Orbiter (Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous) imaged Comet Hyakutake.