Daily Bread for 5.30.16 – 2017

Good morning, Whitewater.

Memorial Day in town will be sunny with a high of eighty-four. Sunrise is 5:19 AM and sunset 8:25 PM, for 15h 06m 40s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 39.3% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Memorial Day parade begins at 10:30 AM, traveling from the corner of Main and Fremont Streets to American Legion Post 173 at 272 Wisconsin Street.

On this day in 1911, the first Indianapolis 500 takes place.

On this day in 1971, Mariner 9 leaves for Mars:

Mariner 9 (Mariner Mars ’71 / Mariner-I) was an unmanned NASA space probe that contributed greatly to the exploration of Mars and was part of the Mariner program. Mariner 9 was launched toward Mars on May 30, 1971[1][2] from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and reached the planet on November 14 of the same year,[1][2] becoming the first spacecraft to orbit another planet[3] — only narrowly beating the Soviets’ Mars 2 and Mars 3, which both arrived within a month. After months of dust storms it managed to send back clear pictures of the surface.

Mariner 9 returned 7329 images over the course of its mission, which concluded in October 1972.

 

A schematic of Mariner 9, showing the major components and features. Via Wikipedia.
A schematic of Mariner 9, showing the major components and features. Via Wikipedia.

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