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  • Current events for February 20, 2018
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    Events in space history for 02/20:
    • John Glenn orbited the Earth three times (1962).
    • First antartic aurora seen by Cook (1773).
    • The Secretary of War approved Ordnance plans for the establishment of the White Sands Proving Ground (WSPG) (1945).
    • First of a series of V-2 firings (No. 20) known as Blossom Project, tested ejection of canister and its recovery by parachute, containing fruit flies and various types of seeds exposed to cosmic rays (1947).
    • U.S. National Committee for the IGY submitted report of its Technical Panel on the Earth Satellite Program to the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense, which outlined a post-IGY space research program (1957).
    • NASA awarded $105 million in contracts for 1959 projects (15 satellites) (1959).
    • Navy told the House Committee on Science and Astronautics that Polaris could be used as a mobile satellite launch vehicle (1961).
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