Fifty-three years ago today, the United States, the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom opened a treaty for signatures that would be nicknamed the “Outer Space Treaty.” The signers included nations from Europe, Asia, South America, North America, Africa and Australia.
In case you have been living under a rock for the past 50 years, Buzz Aldrin is an American engineer, former astronaut and fighter pilot, but is perhaps best known as the lunar module pilot on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission. He and mission commander Neil Armstrong were the first two humans to land on the moon.
Tomorrow, Elon Musk’s space logistics company SpaceX is scheduled to perform one of the final tests of its Crew Dragon capsule for manned missions to and from low-Earth orbit.
This week in 1972, NASA launched the Earth Resources Technology Satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It was later renamed Landsat 1.