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June 13, 1983: NASA’s Pioneer 10 Departs Our Solar System

Today in 1983, NASA space probe Pioneer 10 crossed Neptune's orbit, making it the first man-made object to leave our solar system. Originally launched on March 2, 1972, Pioneer 10's mission was just to make it to Jupiter, our fifth planet. It continued to relay information for over 30 years, with final communication taking place on January 23, 2003.

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May 28, 1959: U.S. Launches Monkeys Into Space

Today in 1959, Miss Able (rhesus macaque) and Miss Baker (squirrel monkey) became the first animals to be sent into space by the Unites States and retrieved safely. They were launched on the Jupiter AM-18 at 2:39 am for a flight that lasted 16 minutes, including 9 minutes of total weightlessness. Four days later, Able died from an adverse reaction to an anesthetic used to remove her testing equipment. Baker went on to live a full life including two public marriages. She delighted in meeting (and cuddling) new people at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL until her death in 1984, at…

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