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APRIL1

* First weather (meteorological) satellite was put into space. Called "Tiros 1," the satellite is shaped like a drum and also looks like a prism (1960).

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APRIL 2

* The seven original astronauts are chosen for the Mercury Project (1959).

* First photograph taken of the Sun (1845).

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APRIL 3

* Second flight of a liquid-fueled rocket by Goddard (1926).

* First airplane flight over Mt. Everest (1933).

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APRIL 4

* 1st TDRS, STS-6, launched (1983).

* First product, microscopic latex spheres, made in space for use in scientific calibration (1983).

* G. Edward Pendray formed the American Interplanetary Society in his appartment on 22nd Street in New York City (1930). Later changed name to the American Rocket Society.

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APRIL 5

* Pioneer 11 launched (1972). Where did it go?

* First record of a meteor falling in the New World (Bacon Rouge, Louisiana, 1799).

* Pegasus launched; first satellite to be launched from an airplane (1990).

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APRIL 6

* The first geostationary commercial communications satellite, called Early Bird (Intelsat 1), was launched into orbit from Cape Canaveral.

* Greeks recorded a total eclipse of the Sun (648 B.C.).

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APRIL 7

* Huge fireball lit up eastern Australia. Many heard it (1978). It is unlikely the ball of fire was a comet like Halley, whose passing over Paris on May 1, 1910 is portrayed in the 1910 sketch from the French publication "L'Illustration." More likely, the fireball was one of 5,000+ pieces of space debris orbiting Earth.

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APRIL 8

* First on orbit repair of a Satellite when the Shuttle crew of STS-41-C repaired the Solar Max Satellite (1984) (Click here for more about the Solar Max repair.)

* Vice President Johnson denied the Administration was trying to reach the Moon at the expense of other national programs (1963).

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APRIL 9

* NASA selected first seven astronauts.

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APRIL 10

* 200-in. mirror blank arrived in Pasadena, CA (1936). The giant mirror became part of the Mount Palomar, California telescope which was completed in 1948.

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