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                     The launching of Apollo 8.

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Jane Fonda (born Jayne Seymour Fonda) is 79 today.

Jane Fonda dropped out of Vassar College to become a fashion model. She is
a two-time Academy Award winner and two time BAFTA Award winner. In 2014,
she was the recipient of the American Film Institute AFI Life Achievement Award.

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LAUNCHED ON THIS DAY IN 1965

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Gemini 7 on the launch pad.

Gemini 7 was a manned spaceflight in NASA‘s Gemini program. It was the
fourth manned Gemini flight, the twelfth manned American flight and the
twentieth manned spaceflight including Soviet flights and X-15 flights above
the Kármán line. The crew of Frank F. Borman, II and James A. Lovell, Jr
spent nearly 14 days in space, making a total of 206 orbits. Their spacecraft
was the passive target for the first manned space rendezvous performed by
the crew of Gemini 6A.

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From left: James A. Lovell, Jr. and Frank F. Borman, ll

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LAUNCHED ON THIS DAY IN 1961

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The lift-off of Mercury-Atlas 5 carrying space chimp "Enos" from
Kennedy Space Center.

The NASA Public Affairs Office issued a press release stating "The men in
charge of Project Mercury have insisted on orbiting the chimpanzee as a
necessary preliminary checkout of the entire Mercury program before risking
a human astronaut." prior to the flight.

The craft orbited the Earth twice and splashed down about 200 miles south of
Bermuda.

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Enos in his flight couch prior to being put into Mercury capsule.

 

      

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MISSION LAUNCHED ON THIS DAY IN 1964

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The Mariner 4 spacecraft.

Mariner 4 (together with Mariner 3 known as Mariner–Mars 1964) was the fourth
in a
series of spacecraft
intended for planetary exploration in a flyby mode. It was designed to conduct close up scientific observations of Mars and to transmit these observations to Earth. Mariner 4 performed the first successful flyby of the planet
Mars, returning the first pictures of the Martian surface. On December 21, 1967 communications with Mariner 4 were terminated.
 

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                     Launch of Mariner 4.


The clearest Mariner 4 image showing craters.

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LAUNCHED ON THIS DAY IN 1969

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The crew of Apollo 12, from left, were Charles Conrad, Richard
Gordon and Alan Bean.

Apollo 12 was the sixth manned flight in the U.S. Apollo program and the
second to land on the Moon. It was launched from the Kennedy Space
Center
, Florida, four months after Apollo 11. Mission commander Charles
"Pete" Conrad
and Lunar Module Pilot Alan L. Bean performed just over
one day and seven hours of lunar surface activity while Command Module
Pilot Richard F. Gordon remained in lunar orbit. The landing site for the
mission was located in the southeastern portion of the Ocean of Storms.

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