On this day: November 12

POSTED: 12:33 AM Nov 12 2012   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Nov 12 2013

The Loch Ness Monster smiles for the camera -- sort of, Ellis Island closes, actor William Holden passes away, and Madonna releases "Like a Virgin," all on this day.

OTD November 12 - Palapa B-2 retrieval
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NASA

1984: Astronauts execute the first salvage operation in space when a Palapa B-2 satellite is retrieved by space shuttle Discovery. The following day the crew of Discovery recovered the Westar 6 satellite as well and both would be returned to Earth inside the shuttle's cargo bay on Nov. 16.

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