World Space Week 2017 October 10 Space Fact

On October 10, 1846, William Lassell discovered Triton, a moon of Neptune. Lassell was a merchant by trade and an amateur astronomer. He is known for making significant improvements to the design of the reflecting telescope. It was the improved optics of his 48 inch scope (and its location) that allowed him to discover Triton.

Other events that occurred on October 10 include: 

1980: The Very Large Array (VLA) was dedicated
1983: The Venera 15 probe orbits Venus
2007: The ISS Expedition 16 crew was launched

World Space Week runs from October 4 – 10, 2017.

Check back tomorrow for another great World Space Week Space Fact.

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About Robert Madsen

I am an amateur astronomer and have been interested in astronomy since I was four years old. By eight had read Fred Hoyle's Astronomy textbook. By 6th grade I had read every astronomy book in my school's library. You get the picture! I love astronomy and space exploration. I am a member of the Planetary Society, Mars Society, and of course, Western Colorado Astronomy Club.

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