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  • Current events for January 11, 2018
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    Events in space history for 01/11:
    • William Herschel discovered first moon of Uranus (1787).
      (Click on URANUS for more information.)
    • Element Fr (francium) discovered (1930).
    • Shuttle OFT Crew Escape System (ejection seat) completed successful test (1977).
    • Army Air Corps announced the control of robot planes, either by radio from the ground or from another plane, had been tested successfully (1941).
    • First U.S. combat use of forward-firing rockets made by Navy TBF-1C's against a German submarine (1944).
    • First launching of a rocket model employing known but nonaerodynamic torque from canted rocket nozzles, for determining damping in roll of wings, at NACA's Wallops Island, Va. (1948).
    • James H. Doolittle, Chairman of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, announced that a special committee on space technology was formed on November 21, 1957 (1957).
    • President-elect Kennedy announced that Jerome B. Wiesner of MIT would be special assistant to the President for science and technology (1961).
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