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  • Current events for February 17, 2018
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    Events in space history for 02/17:
    • "Ollie" became the first cow to be flown and milked in an airplane (1930).
    • Bruce McCandless became first human satellite (1984).
    • First National Conference on Aeronautical Education held at St. Louis, Missouri (1930).
    • German A-4 (V-2) rocket traveled 121.8 miles after launch from Peenemünde (1943).
    • V-2 reached an altitude of 92 miles in launch from WSPG
    • (1950).
    • (White Sands Proving Ground).
    • American Astronautical Society (AAS) incorporated in the State of New York (1954).
    • In a letter to Soviet Premier Nikolai A. Bulganin, President Eisenhower repeated his plea for the dedication of outer space to peaceful uses. Denying that this proposal was intended "to gain strategic advantages for the United States," he stressed the urgency of dealing with outer space before its use for military purposes had, like nuclear weapons, advanced to the point where complete international control was almost impossible (1958).
    • VANGUARD II (SLV-4), the fifth U.S.-IGY satellite, successfully launched payload containing photocells designed to produce cloud cover images for 2 weeks; processing or wobbling prevented significant interpretation of data (1959).
    • USAF Committee presided over by Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Associate Director of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at Cambridge, Mass., recommended that the USAF continue to take a positive approach to UFO's, investigate reported sightings by all scientific means, and keep the public fully informed of existing policy. Of the unknown objects sighted, it reported, no scientific evidence supports the conclusion that the objects were spacecraft (1959).
    • "Polka dot" Explorer IX found in orbit by visual and photographic means after failure of radio beacon delayed confirmation of orbit (1961).
    • USAF Discoverer XX placed in polar orbit with 300-pound recovery capsule from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
    • NASA negotiated $400,000 contract with G. T. Schjeldahl Co. to design, develop, fabricate, and test rigidized inflatable spheres for Project Echo, the passive communications satellite program (1961).
    • The last successful communication with the U.S.S.R. Venus probe was made (1961).
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