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January 7, 2013 - Orbital Parking Lot

7 Jan 2013, 05:00 UTC
January 7, 2013 - Orbital Parking Lot
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The Week in SpaceJanuary 7-13, 2013 Orbital Parking Lot Thirty-five years ago this week, the Russian space program made history when the Soyuz 27 mission was launched. The two cosmonauts on board docked with the orbiting Salyut 6 space station, which was already being occupied by the two crew members of Soyuz 26. It was the first time three spacecraft had been joined together in orbit, and it was an important milestone on the road to a permanent presence in space. Earlier space stations could only be inhabited by one crew at a time, but this mission paved the way for several spacecraft to visit an orbiting space station simultaneously. Numerous space vehicles are docked at the International Space Station in this 2011 image, including the shuttle Endeavour, a Soyuz spaceship, a Progress resupply ship, and an Automated Transfer Vehicle.Image credit: NASA Weekly CalendarJanuary 7-13, 2013Holidays - Sky Events - Space History Monday 71610: Galileo discovers Callisto, Europa, & Io 1964: First power tool for space demonstrated 1968: Surveyor 7 launched Tuesday 81587: Johann Fabricius born1942: Stephen Hawking born1973: Luna 21 & Lunokhod 2 launched1987: Challenger debris buried Wednesday 91839: Thomas Henderson publishes distance to Alpha Centauri1968: Surveyor 7 lands ...

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