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OCTOBER 1

* NASA: the first day (1958).

* Manned Spacecraft Center started out in the Gulfgate shopping mall, in Houston, Texas (1961).

* Arthur C. Clarke published article on geosynchronous satellites in British magazine, "Wireless World" (1945).

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OCTOBER 2

* For the first time, a plane flew without a pilot (1918). The technology birthed by this early twientieth century endeavor led to automated control systems which permitted the taking of the picture at left by a "free-flyer" satellite deployed from the Shuttle's cargo bay. Much of the Shuttle "rocket/plane" is automated.

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OCTOBER 3

* Launch of Sigma 7 Mercury Mission flown by astronaut Walter Schirra (1962).

* First launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-51-J), 1985.

* First successful firing of V-2 by Wernher Von Braun team (1942).

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OCTOBER 4

* Soviets launch into orbit the world's first man-made satellite, Sputnik 1 (1957).

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OCTOBER 5

* Robert Goddard, the "Father of U. S. Astronautics," born in Worcester, Massachusetts (1882).

* Launch of Space Shuttle Challenger, STS-41G (1984).

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OCTOBER 6

* Johannes Winkler and others attempted a launch of an improved HW-II rocket in Germany. Rocket experienced a control value failure of fuel and exploded (1932).

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OCTOBER 7

* First Flight of Zeppelin airship for German Navy (1912).

* Langley attempted to fly first airplane and failed (1903).

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OCTOBER 8

* Space technology used to determine the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin (1978).(For more, click on Shroud of Turin.)

* Astronaut Janice E. Voss born in South Bend, Indiana (1956).

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OCOTBER 9

* Soyuz 25 attempted to ferry to Salyut 6 Soviet space station. Instead, it became the 8th Soviet space station mission to fail in 13 attempts after failing to dock correctly (1977).

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OCOTBER 10

*Three German rocket experimenters are killed making black powder rocket fuel pellets (1933).

Exploration of space has resulted in deaths. In 1986, the explosion of Space Shuttle Challenger caused loss of life. Challenger's explosion is explained by clicking here.

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OCTOBER 11


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