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This Month in Aerospace History
January 31, 1958:
Explorer 1 was the first satellite launched by the United States when it was sent into orbit.
January 27, 1967:
Astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee were killed in an accidental fire in a command module on the launch pad.
January 24, 1986:
Voyager 2 began transmitting images from Uranus.
January 28, 1986:
The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded seconds after liftoff.
January 15, 2006:
NASA spacecraft Stardust returned safely to Earth in a desert near Salt Lake City with the first dust ever collected from a comet.
January 14, 2008:
The NASA space probe Messenger skimmed 124 miles above Mercury.
Credit: National Archives