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  • Current events for February 10, 2018
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    Events in space history for 02/10:
    • Comet Halley closest to the Sun (1986). Earlier appearances of Halley's Comet frightened people as shown by this article printed in England in 1680.
    • British Hurricane fighter flown from Edinburgh to Northolt, near London, at an average speed of 408.75 mph, J. W. Gillan as pilot (1938).
    • Secretary of the Air Force directed that the Air Engineering Development Center be renamed the Arnold Engineering Development Center in honor of the late General of the Air Force, Henry H. Arnold (1950).
    • First successful radar returns from Venus (27,530,000 miles away) detected by MIT's Lincoln Laboratory Millstone Hill. It took 1 year to process confirmation of this event (1958).
    • Airman 1/C Donald G. Farrell spent the week of February 10-16 in a space-cabin simulator at SAM, Randolph AFB, Texas (1958).
    • Voice message sent from Washington to Woomera, Australia, by way of the Moon. NASA Deputy Administrator Dryden spoke on telephone to Goldstone, Calif., which "bounced" it to the deep space instrumentation station at Woomera. The operation was held as part of the official opening ceremony of the deep space instrumentation facility site in Australia (1960).
    • First static test of prototype thrust chamber of F-1 engine achieved a thrust of 1,550,000 pounds for a few seconds, at Edwards, California (1961).
    • Three-day meeting of Satellite Panel of the World Meteorological Organization concluded at Washington, D.C., minus participation by the Soviet member (1961).
    • Space Science Board of the National Academy of Sciences worked out recommendation that "scientific exploration of the Moon and planets should be clearly stated as the ultimate objective of the U.S. space program for the foreseeable future." This report was submitted to the President on March 31 and was released publicly on August 6 (1961).
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