Talk about important space anniversaries for Q2 of 2022, these aren’t every anniversary, but a look at some major events and a quick look at why they are important. These events can be sorted into birth anniversaries, firsts, launches, and some unique aspects, which will be presented in chronological order by month.
Before looking at the specifics for each month, here are a few information such as a table.
155 Years Ago – 1867 April 16: Wilbur Wright born, Millville, IN.
75 Years Ago – 1947 April 25: Wallops Flight Research Facility, VA launched its first rocket-propelled model of a complete airplane for performance evaluation (XF-91).
60 Years Ago – 1966 April 24: First transmission of TV pictures in space, via Echo 1.
60 Years Ago – April 26: Launch by Thor Delta of Ariel 1, the first international satellite, a joint project of NASA and the United Kingdom
50 years Ago – April 16th, 1972: Apollo 16 launched, 12:54 p.m., EST, KSC with astronauts John W. Young, Jr.; Thomas K. Mattingly; and Charles M. Duke, Jr.
35 Years Ago – 1987 April 15: The U.S. and the Soviet Union signed a new bilateral government-level agreement on civil space cooperation. The agreement called for cooperation in 16 specific project areas to be carried out by joint working groups in space science.
25 Years Ago – 1997 April 4: STS-83 (Space Shuttle Columbia) Launched 2:20 EST from KSC
20 Years Ago – 2002 April 8: STS 110 (Space Shuttle Atlantis) launched at 4:44 p.m. EDT
10 Years Ago – 2012 April 19: NASA transferred Space Shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum at formal ceremonies at the museum’s Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.
95 Years Ago – 1927 May 20-21: Charles A. Lindbergh made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Lucky Lindy’s single-seat, single engine Ryan monoplane named the Spirit of St. Louis began the flight from Roosevelt Field, NY and landed at Le Bourget Air Field, outside of Paris, France. This singular event was a major factor in awakening the nation to the full potential of aviation.
70 Years Ago – 1952 May 16: The International Geophysical Year (IGY) was created
50 Years Ago – 1972 May 24: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and USSR Premier Aleksey N. Kosygin signed an agreement for cooperation in the exploration of outer space for peaceful purposes and included the docking in space of US/USSR spacecraft in 1975. Moscow, USSR.
30 Years Ago – 1992 May 7: STS-49 (Space Shuttle Endeavour) launched, 7:40 p.m., EDT, KSC
25 Years Ago – 1997 May 15: STS-84 (Space Shuttle Atlantis) launched 4:07 a.m. EST
10 Years ago – 2012 May 22: Dragon C2/C3 launched from Cape Canaveral at 7:44 EDT by a Falcon 9 rocket. The spacecraft was the first fully functional Dragon spacecraft on the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) C2+ Demonstration Mission for NASA. It successfully docked with the ISS and was recovered
110 Years Ago – 1917 June 28: Langley Research Center, authorized by NACA as an experimental field, Hampton. VA.
70 Years Ago – 1952 June 18: H. Julian Allen, NACA-Ames scientist, conceived the blunt nose concept for reentry vehicles, which was later used in ICBM’s and Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo spacecraft.
40 Years Ago – 1982June 27: STS-4 (Space Shuttle Columbia) launched, 11:00 a.m., EDT from KSC. Crew:
35 Years Ago – 1987 June 30: NASA submitted to President Reagan a report on the agency’s implementation of the recommendations of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident. The report describes the ongoing Shuttle recovery effort — relative to the nine recommendations made by the commission — as well as other return-toflight activities.
30 Years Ago – June 25: STS-50 (Space Shuttle Columbia) launched, 12:12 p.m., EDT
20 Years Ago – 2002 June 5: STS-111 (Space Shuttle Endeavour) launched 5:23 p.m. EDT