Saturday 22 March 2014

Astronomy Scrapbook Sunday 23rd March 2014

On This Day (1)
March 23rd 1779 discovery of M64

The English astronomer Edward Pigott discovered a galaxy which would become number 64 on the list of Messier objects and is often referred to as the 'Black eye Galaxy'

On This Day (2)
March 23rd 1964 first meeting of ESRO

The first meeting of the ESRO  (European Space Research Organisation) couincil held its first meeting following the ratification by eight countries (UK, France, West Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands) of the convention.

On This Day (3)
March 23rd 1965 first manned Gemini mission

The first two man Gemini mission Gemini 3 was launched with astronauts Gus Grissom and John Young. The mission lasted nearly 4 days.

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