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  • Current events for January 2, 2018
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    Events in space history for 01/02:
    • First spacecraft to orbit the Sun, Luna 1 (U.S.S.R., 1959).
    • Elara, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered (1905).
    • Leslie C. Peltier, one of the greatest variable star observers of all time, born (1900).
    • Soviets launched an unmanned satellite to the Moon, but it missed by 3,100 miles and ended up orbiting the Sun (1959).
    • Special investigation of high temperature aluminium alloys begun by J. C. McGee, Wright Field engineer, which led by June 1947 to useful alloy known as "ML," named after the Materials Laboratory (1946).
     
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