April 24th in history:
The Hubble Space Telescope was launched high into the sky on this date in 1990, aboard the space shuttle Discovery.
April 24th is also the date of the first fatal accident during a space mission. Soyuz 1, the Soviet Union’s first manned space flight in two years, crashed upon landing after two days in orbit in 1967. The crash killed the lone crew member, Vladimir Komarov, who was on his second space mission. The capsule’s parachute apparently failed to open properly.