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    The History of Flight from Around the World
    1980s


    1989


    • November 18, 1989 - The COBE satellite is launched to measure Big bang radiation.

    • October 18, 1989 - The Galileo probe is released from STS-34 and begins its journey to observe Jupiter.

    • August 25, 1989 - Voyager 2: First encounter with Neptune.

    • July 17, 1989 - The first flight of the U.S. Air Force's B-2 "Spirit" bomber, which blends composite materials with stealth technology.

    • May 4, 1989 - STS-30, Atlantis, launched the Magellan spacecraft deployed to map the surface of Venus.

    • 1989 - The V-22 Tiltrotor Osprey becomes the first production airplane to demonstrate the vertical lift capabilities of a helicopter with the speed and range capabilities of an airplane.


    1988


    • September 29 - October 3 - STS-26, Discovery, returned to flight following the Challenger disaster.

    • April 22, 1988 - Daedalus '88: First human-powered craft flown from the island of Crete to Santorini, in the Mediterranenan Sea.

    • 1988 - Mir cosmonauts Vladimir Titov and Musa Manarov complete the first yearlong spaceflight.


    1986


    • December 23, 1986 - Voyager: first nonstop flight around the world without refueling (Jeana Yeager and Dick Rutan).

    • February 20, 1986 - The Soviet Union announced the launch of its new space station, Mir.

    • January 28, 1986 - STS-51L, Challenger accident, in which seven astronauts were killed.

    • January 24, 1986 - Voyager 2: First encounter with Uranus.



    1985


    • October 3-7, 1985 - STS-51J: First flight of the Space Shuttle Atlantis.




    1984


    • August 30 - September 5, 1984 - STS-41D: First flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery.

    • April 6-14, 1984 - STS-41C: First onorbit satellite repair (Solar Maximum Mission), aboard Space Shuttle Challenger.


    1983


    • November 28 - December 8, 1983 - STS-9 launched with the first flight of the European Spacelab module in the Space Shuttle payload bay.

    • August 30- September 5 - STS-8 launched and Guy Bluford became the first African American astronaut.

    • June 18-24, 1983 - STS-7 launched and Sally K. Ride became the first American female Astronaut.

    • June 13, 1983 - Pioneer 10 becomes the first man-made object to leave the solar sytem.

    • April 4-9, 1983 - STS-6, the first flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger.


    1982


    • November 11-16, 1982 - STS-5, Space Shuttle Columbia, launched on first operational mission. Astronauts deployed two commercial communications satellites.

    • 1982 - Perot and Coburn of the U.S. complete the first around-the-world flight in a helicopter.


    1981


    • July 7, 1981 - Solar Challenger flew 163 miles (262 km) across the English Channel from Paris to England.

    • June 1981 - February 1983 - NASA's Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility flight tested and evaluated the digitally controlled engine of the F-15.

    • April 12-14, 1981 - Launch of STS-1, the first test flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia (John Young, Bob Crippen). The mission was the first to employ both liquid- and solid-propellant rocket engines for the launch of a spacecraft carrying humans.

    • 1981 - Double Eagle V: First balloon flight over the Pacific Ocean.


    1980


    • November 11, 1980 - Voyager 1 flies past Saturn on a journey that carries it beyond the edge of the solar system.

    • November - Solar Challenger: First solar powered plane flew.

    • March 7, 1980 - NASA research pilot John Manke tested the Gossamer Albatross to collect data on large lightweight craft .

    • February 14, 1980 - Solar Maximum Mission was the first satellite to study the Sun in detail.



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