That same month, the Soviet Mars 5 spacecraft arrives in orbit.
This morning his employer, Orbit Drilling Pty Ltd, became the first company in Victoria to be convicted for recklessly endangering a worker.
As space junk goes it's quite small but because it's roughly in the same orbit as the space station itself there'.
Two more fly-bys in October this year and September 2009 will bleed off enough speed for the spacecraft to orbit the planet.
NASA's Cassini probe safely settled into orbit around Saturn yesterday after a nail-biting flight path through a gap in the giant planet's rings.