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  • Current events for February 1, 2018
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    Events in space history for 02/01:
    • Highest air pressure, 31.85 mm Hg, for North America recorded in Alaska (1989).
    • Capt. G. E. Price flew Bell Airacobra through flight tests (1940).
    • Chance Vought delivered last propeller-driven fighter, the Navy F4U Corsair, the 12,571st built since first one flew in 1940 (1953).
    • Army activated the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA) at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala., to weaponize the Redstone and to develop the Jupiter IRBM (1956).
    • Life Sciences Laboratory established by NASA at Ames Research Center to augment, lead, direct, encourage, and coordinate biomedical research related to the space program (1960).
    • X-15 (No. 1) flown to 49,780 feet by John B. McKay, NASA test pilot, at Edwards, California (1961).
    • USAF Minuteman successful on first test launch from AFMTC, a three-stage solid-propellent ICBM with full guidance, all tested on its first launching (1961).
    • The space surveillance system (Spasur) was formally commissioned at the Naval Weapons Laboratory, Dahlgren, Va., under the operational control of the North American Defense Command (1961).
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