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  • Current events for February 14, 2018
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    Events in space history for 02/14:
    • Archeology team set out for Belize and Guatemala to confirm NASA JPL Mayan canals discovered by NASA Synthetic Aperture Radar (1980).
    • USAF launch of first satellite of the Global Positioning System Block 2 series (1989).
    • Republic F-84F with Wright J-65 Sapphire engine made first flight at Edwards AFB (1951).
    • Killian Committee (Technological Capabilities Panel) recommended concurrent development of IRBM of 1,500-mile range with ICBM effort (1955).
    • NACA established "Round Three" Steering Committee to study feasiblity of a hypersonic boost-glide research airplane. "Round Three" was considered as the third major flight research program which started with the X-series of rocket-propelled supersonic research airplanes, and which considered the X-15 research airplane as the second major program. The boost-glide program eventually became known as DynaSoar (1957).
    • "Basic Objectives of a Continuing Program of Scientific Research in Outer Space," a report by the Technical Panel on the Earth Satellite Program of the National Academy of Sciences IGY Committee, was published. It proposed a program of space research extending beyond the International Geophysical Year (1958).
    • NASA Nike-Cajun rocket launched from Wallops Station, carrying 60-pound payload ejecting explosive charges, which fired at intervals from 20- to 80-mile altitude to provide data on density of the atmosphere (1961).
    • Last of second series of static firings of Saturn completed at Marshall Space Flight Center for 110 seconds, approximately full duration (1961).
    • President Kennedy congratulated Premier Khrushchev on the Soviet Union's "impressive scientific achievement" in launching a space probe toward the planet Venus (1961).
    • NASA selected Flight Propulsion Department, General Electric, for negotiation of 18-month contract to study heatflow characteristics of fluids in nuclear powerplants (1961).
    • NASA and United Kingdom agreed to establish joint program to test communications satellites to be launched by NASA in 1962 and 1963 in Projects Relay and Rebound (1961).
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