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  • Current events for February 18, 2018
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    Events in space history for 02/18:
    • Astronaut Theodore "Ted" Freeman born (1930). Captain Freeman was the first active duty astronaut to lose his life. As of 1992, 20 former astronauts were deceased as a result of accidents or natural causes.
    • Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto (1930).
    • Navy Bureau of Ordnance (BuOrd) continued wartime experimental work begun by Sperry Gyroscope in 1917 on the unmanned "Flying Bomb (1919)."
    • "Standard Altimeter Calibration" worked out by Bureau of Standards, and approved by all intersted agencies, was approved by the NACA (1925).
    • Guggenheim Foundation granted $250,000 to Harvard University's Aviation Health and Safety Center (1957).
    • USAF revealed that an airflow speed of 32,400 mph had been attained for one-tenth of a second in a wind tunnel test at the Arnold Engineering Development Center, Tullahoma, Tenn., on an undisclosed date (1958).
    • USAF Discoverer XXI fired into polar orbit, and Agena B restarted in flight after first orbit (1961).
     
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