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OCTOBER 11

* Apollo 7 launched to test Command and Service Module which will one day take men to the Moon. Crew consisted of Walter M. Schirra, Donn F. EIsele, and Walter Cunningham. The mission lasts more than 260 hours in Earth orbit (1968).

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OCTOBER 12

* First free flight of French "Piggy-back" aircraft (1947).

* Fourth free flight test of the Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise by Col. Joe Engle and Cmdr. Richard Truly. Mock-up main engines are exposed to drag rather without

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OCTOBER 13

* Goddard launched a test rocket which reached 1700 foot altitude using a simplified combustion chamber. The rocket had a length of almost 8 feet and a diameter of a foot (1931).

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OCTOBER 14

* The Bell X-1 piloted by Chuck Yeager performed the first manned supersonic flight (670 mph at 29,528 ft altitude) in history. The launch aircraft was a B-29 (1947).

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OCTOBER 15

* Evidence of another solar system announced (1986).

Science fiction authors and artists often speculate on the reality of other solar systems containing life forms. Artist Julien S. Drupa in this 1939 "Amazing" cover, "Liners of Space," visualized a way of journeying to these new worlds.

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OCTOBER 16

* Halley's Comet rediscovered (1982). In 1531 the appearance of Halley's Comet was studied by astronomers, who discovered that the tail of comets always point away from the Sun, as shown in the drawing at left.

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OCTOBER 17

* In his Bleriot airplane, Bleriot flew the first airplane flight in Hungary, (Budapest, 1909).

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OCTOBER 18

* Galileo mission to study Jupiter was launched (1989).

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OCTOBER 19

* Goddard's dream day (1899). On this day Goddard thought of the dream of space travel while climbing a cherry tree. He held fast to his memory of the day and celebrated it every year.

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OCTOBER 20

* Zond 8 was launched by the Soviets and passed within 695 miles of the lunar surface prior to returning to the Soviet Union (1970).

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OCTOBER 21


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