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  • Current events for February 16, 2018
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    Events in space history for 02/16:
    • Miranda (moon of Uranus) first photographed (1948).
    • Star Trek tribbles (props) donated to National Air and Space Museum (1973).
    • Plant for assembly of American-made airplanes began operations at Romorantin, France (1918).
    • NASA Explorer IX placed in orbit by four-stage Scout booster from Wallops Station, the first satellite launching from Wallops, and the first satellite boosted by a solid-fuel rocket. Explorer IX was a 12-foot diameter sphere after inflation at orbital altitude (1961).
    • NASA and France 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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