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August 19th in Astronomy and Space Science
Birth1646British astronomer John Flamsteed born. He became the first Astronomer Royal on the founding of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich in 1675. He created one of the foremost star atlases of the day, Atlas Coelestis, but it was not published until 10 years after his death.
Manned Spaceflight1960USSR conducts the second unmanned test of the Vostok capsule. It carries two live dogs and 40 mice. The capsule successfully re-enters and lands with parachutes marking the first successful recovery of a satellite from space.
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