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Five Canterbury monks saw what appeared to be a meteor hit the Moon, possibly the Giordano Bruno crater being formed, but questions remain. Current oscillations of the Moon's distance, on the order of meters, may be a result of this collision.
ref: science.nasa.gov

Died, Christoph Scheiner, German astronomer
ref: en.wikipedia.org

Born, William Lassell, astronomer (equatorial telescope mount, discovered satellites of Saturn, Uranus and Neptune)
ref: en.wikipedia.org

C. H. F. Peters discovered asteroid #188 Menippe.

Died, Jacobus C. Kapteyn, Dutch astronomer (extensive studies of the Milky Way, first discoverer of evidence for galactic rotation)

Jacobus Cornelius Kapteyn, (19 January 1851 - 18 June 1922) was a Dutch astronomer, best known for his extensive studies of the Milky Way and as the first discoverer of evidence for galactic rotation.
ref: en.wikipedia.org

Born, Vitali Mikhailovich Zholobov (at Zburjevka, Kherson Oblast, Ukrainian SSR), Soviet engineer, cosmonaut (Soyuz 21)
ref: www.spacefacts.de

H. Julian Allen of NACA Ames Laboratory conceived the "blunt nose principle," significant to ICBM nose cone and Mercury capsule development, which proposed a blunt shape would absorb only 0.5% of the heat generated by reentry into the atmosphere.
ref: www.astronautix.com

USSR launched Luna E-1A No.1 (a.k.a. E-1 No.5 or Luna 1959A) from Baikonur, an attempt to reach the Moon and impact its surface. However, the inertial system failed at T+153 seconds and the vehicle was destroyed by range safety.
ref: nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov

NASA's Space Shuttle "Enterprise" carried a crew aloft for the first time, in a captive active flight, attached to the modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. The flight from Edwards lasted 55 minutes 46 seconds.
ref: en.wikipedia.org

C. Shoemaker discovered asteroid #2891 McGetchin; and E. Bowell discovered asteroid #2569 Madeline.

1983 07:33:00 EDT (GMT -4:00:00)
NASA launched STS 7 (Challenger 2, 7th Shuttle mission) with Dr. Sally Ride aboard, the first American woman in space.
STS 7 crew, NASA artwork 133429main_sts-7crew.jpg
STS 7 crew, NASA artwork

The launch of STS 7 on 18 June 1983 proceeded as scheduled with no delays.

Flying on STS 7, Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space. The flight also represented the first use of the robotic arm remote manipulator system (RMS) to deploy and retrieve a satellite. Two communications satellites were deployed, ANIK C-2 for TELESAT Canada, and PALAPA-B1 for Indonesia, both attached to Payload Assist Module-D (PAM-D) motors. Seven Get Away Special (GAS) canisters in the cargo bay held a variety of experiments including ones studying effects of space on the social behavior of an ant colony in zero gravity. Ten experiments mounted on the Shuttle Pallet Satellite (SPAS-01) performed research in forming metal alloys in microgravity and the use of a remote sensing scanner. The orbiter's small control rockets fired while SPAS-01 was held by the remote manipulator system to test movement on the extended arm. Experiments to investigate space sickness were carried out. The other payloads on the flight were: Office of Space and Terrestrial Applications-2 (OSTA-2); Continuous Flow Electrophoresis System (CFES); Monodisperse Latex Reactor (MLR); and one Shuttle Student Involvement Program (SSIP) experiment.

STS 7 ended on 24 June 1983 when Challenger landed on revolution 98 on Runway 15, Edwards Air Force Base, California. Rollout distance: 10,450 feet. Rollout time: 75 seconds. Launch weight: 249,178 pounds. Mission duration: six days, two hours, 23 minutes, 59 seconds. Orbit altitude: 160-170 nautical miles. Orbit inclination: 28.5 degrees. Miles traveled: 2.5 million. The planned landing at Kennedy Space Center was scrubbed due to poor weather conditions, and the mission was extended two revolutions to facilitate the landing at Edwards. The orbiter was returned to KSC on 29 June 1983.

The flight crew for STS 7 was: Robert L. Crippen, Commander; Frederick H. Hauck, Pilot; John M. Fabian, Mission Specialist; Dr. Sally K. Ride, Mission Specialist, the first American woman in space; Norman E. Thagard, Mission Specialist.
ref: www.nasa.gov

Perth Observatory discovered asteroid #3541.

Comet Churyunov-Gerasimenko, which became the target of the ESA's Rosetta mission, passed through perihelion.
ref: sci.esa.int

1999 01:49:00 GMT
The Astra 1H was launched from Baikonur on a Proton booster, and positioned in geosynchronous orbit at 19 deg E in 1999.
ref: nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov

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