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  • Current events for January 28, 2018
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    Events in space history for 01/28:
    • Shuttle Challenger exploded; seven crew members killed (1986).
      Click on children's Challenger poems.
    • Dr. Hugh L. Dryden, Chief of the Mechanics and Sound Division of the National Bureau of Standards, elected president of the IAS (1943).
    • Thor IRBM successfully fired from Cape Canaveral, flew prescribed course, and impacted in preselected area (1958).
    • Nike-Cajun successfully launched 12-foot-diameter test inflatable sphere to a height of 75 miles over NASA Wallops Island, the sphere inflating satisfactorily (1959).
    • One hundred ten candidates were selected by NASA in the first screening for Project Mercury astronauts from Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps test-pilot schools (1959).
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