Atlantis Docked to Mir

This view of the Space Shuttle Atlantis still connected to Russia’s Mir Space Station was photographed by the Mir-19 crew on July 4, 1995. Cosmonauts Anatoliy Y. Solovyev and Nikolai M. Budarin, Mir-19 Commander and Flight Engineer, respectively, temporarily undocked the Soyuz spacecraft from the cluster of Mir elements to perform a brief fly-around. They took pictures while the STS-71 …

AS-203 Launch

The Apollo-Saturn-203 mission launched on July 5, 1966 from Cape Canaveral. The unmanned mission’s primary goals were the evaluation of the S-IVB stage’s hydrogen venting and engine restart capabilities while in orbit. This was the third Saturn IB launch vehicle developed by the Marshall Space Flight Center. The Apollo-Saturn-203 mission launched on July 5, 1966 from Cape Canaveral. The unmanned …

Mars Exploration Rovers, 2003

Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity: launched June 10 and July 7, 2003 (respectively).  These two rovers landed in 2004 and began exploring the Red Planet. Their primary objective was to find evidence of water in Martian rocks and/or soil. Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity: launched June 10 and July 7, 2003 (respectively).  These two rovers landed in 2004 …

STS-121 Shuttle Mission

Space Shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew launched at 2:38 p.m. (EDT) on July 4, 2006, to begin the two-day journey to the International Space Station on the historic Return to Flight STS-121 mission. Discovery is slated to dock with the station at 10:52 a.m. (EDT) Thursday July 6, 2006. The launch made history as it was the first human-occupying …