December 16, 1965 – Pioneer 6 launches first in a series of solar probes

Pioneer 6 was the first in a series of solar-orbiting, spin-stabilized, solar-cell and battery-powered satellites designed to obtain measurements on a continuing basis of interplanetary phenomena from widely separated points in space. Its experiments studied the positive ions and electrons in the solar wind, the interplanetary electron density (radio propagation experiment), solar and galactic cosmic rays, and the interplanetary magnetic field.”

– Text and image credit: NASA

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~ by tellinghistory on December 16, 2007.

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