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  • Current events for February 11, 2018
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    Events in space history for 02/11:
    • Japan became the fourth nation to put a satellite in orbit, joining Russia, America, and France as space satellite launching nations. The Japanese satellite was called Ohsumi and used a modified U.S. Delta with a Japanese upper stage to reach orbit. It was launched from the Kagoshima Space Center (1970).
    • Lockheed P-38 Lightning first flown across the Nation from California, to a crack-up landing at Mitchel Field, Long Island, Lt. Ben Kelsey as pilot (1939).
    • Army announced that a weather balloon, launched at the Signal Research and Development Laboratory, Fort Monmouth, N.J., had established a world altitude record of 146,000 feet (1959).
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