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September 3rd in Astronomy and Space Science
Astronomical Event240 BCEThe star δ Cancri was occulted by Jupiter. The event was recorded by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy, although he clearly was not the observer, since it occured about 300 years before his birth.
Unmanned Spaceflight1976US Viking 2 lander touches down in the Utopia Planitia region of Mars. It was launched on 20 August 1975, 20 days before Viking 1, but arrives at Mars almost 2 months after its twin. The lander transmitted images of the surface, took surface samples and analyzed them for composition and signs of life, studied atmospheric composition and meteorology, and deployed seismometers. It transmitted data for 3½ years, ending communications on 11 April 1980.
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