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15th April 1970 Humans travel the furthest in space when the Apollo 13 crew reach 400,171 km from Earth in an attempt to return to Earth after their spacecraft suffered an explosion. All three crew members survived and they returned safely home. Image above: Apollo 13 crew arrive on the prime recovery ship U.S.S. Iwo Jima following the ocean landing and rescue in the South Pacific. Exiting the helicopter are (from left) Fred Haise, mission Commander James Lovell and John Swigert. Credit: NASA 12th April 1981 The space shuttle makes its maiden flight. Columbia is launched from the Kennedy Space Centre with astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen on board. The space shuttle would go on for an

Solar Observations: Dec 2018, Jan & Feb 2019

February 2019 For the month of February, 2019 it appeared to me that all Sunspot activity had ceased with all other activity remaining very low. A total of 18 observations were made with the remaining 10 days being cloud covered or rain.PROMINENCES.Prominences for the whole month were few and mostly faint. Most significant was on the 8th on the NW limb when a single unconnected arched Prominence reached a height of about 68,000km. A double Arched Prominence on the 24th reaching an approximate height of 84,000km also on the NW limb.No Flares were observed for the whole month.The Sun appeared to be clear of all activity on the 3rd 15th 17th 18th & 25th February. January 2019 For January 2019 S

In this month - March

25th March 1655 Titan, Saturn’s largest moon was discovered by Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens. Titan is considered the most Earth-like moon discovered so far and is the second largest moon in the solar system. The image above is through an infrared filter by Cassini, Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/University of Idaho 18th March 1965 Russian cosmonaut, Alexei Leonov, was the first person to do a spacewalk. He was outside the Voskhod 2 spacecraft for 12 minutes and nine seconds connected to the craft by a 5.35-metre tether. At the end of the spacewalk he was barely able to get back inside the capsule as his spacesuit had inflated to the point where he could not re-enter the airloc

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