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Geek Fact for March 23rd

In 1965, Gemini 3, the first U.S. 2-man space flight, launched. Gemini 3 was the first crewed Earth-orbiting spacecraft of the Gemini series. It was piloted by astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom and John Young. Learn more at http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1965-024A

Geek Fact for March 11th

In 1960, Pioneer 5 was launched into solar orbit between Earth and Venus. The spacecraft established a communications link with the Earth from a record distance of 22.5 million miles on June 26th, 1960, which was its last day of transmission. Learn more at http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1960-001A

Geek Fact for January 20th

In 1997, Comet Hale-Bopp crossed Mars’ orbit . The comet is named for its discoverers. On July 23, 1995, an unusually bright comet outside of Jupiter’s orbit was discovered independently by Alan Hale, New Mexico and Thomas Bopp, Arizona. Learn more at http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/halebopp.html

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