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  • Current events for January 10, 2018
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    Events in space history for 01/10:
    • First photograph taken from an airplane (1911).
    • Radar bounced off the Moon for the first time (1946).
    • Comptroller of the Treasury Department ruled that the NACA was an independent agency and was not an appendage of the Navy Department in spite of the fact it was originally funded under the naval appropriations bill (1917).
    • 700-hp aircraft engine having 18 cylinders arranged in three banks of six, tested at Engineering Division, McCook Field (1921).
    • An Army R-5, demonstrated by C. A. Moeller and D. D. Viner, set an unofficial world helicopter record by climbing to 21,000 feet at Stratford, Connecticut (1946).
    • U.S.S. Norton Sound began 19-day firing cruise in Alaskan waters, launching two Aerobees, one Lark and one Loon. Eight scientists connected with Aerobee upper atmosphere research program and Army, Navy, and Air Force observers made the cruise (1950).
    • U.S.S.R. scientists stated that launching of an earth satellite was possible in the near future, according to Radio Moscow (1955).
    • First U.S.-built complete liquid-rocket engine having a thrust in excess of 400,000 pounds was fired for the first time at Santa Susana, California (1956).
    • President Eisenhower in his State-of-the-Union message declared that "we are willing to enter any reliable agreement which would mutually control the outer space missile and satellite development" (1957).
    • Department of Defense assigned highest priority to ICBM/IRBM contracts and purchase orders (1957).
    • President-elect Kennedy received report of special nine-man committee on the national space program. Chairman of the committee was Dr. Jerome B. Wiesner of MIT (1961).
    • A Polaris missile of the advanced A-2 design was fired from Cape Canaveral 1,600 miles down the Atlantic Missile Range. It was the third success in as many firings for the new Polaris designed to operate at a range over 1,700 miles (1961).
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