1969 Russia’s Venera 5 space probe jettisoned a capsule to the surface of Venus. The capsule contained scientific instruments to study the planet’s atomosphere. During its descent towards the surface of the planet, a parachute opened to slow the rate of descent and for 53 minutes while the capsule was suspended from the parachute, data [...]
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1963 NASA launched Mercury-Atlas 9, the last Mercury manned space mission. It completed 22 Earth orbits piloted by astronaut Gordon Cooper. 1960 Russia launched Sputnik 4. It was a test-flight of the Vostok spacecraft that would be used for the first human spaceflight. 1958 Russia launched Sputnik 3, carrying a large array of instruments for [...]
1804 Lewis and Clark officially began their historic journey of discovery across the American continent when they departed from Camp Dubois, near present day Hartford, Illinois. The expedition created the first detailed maps of the area and brought home a wealth of scientific knowledge of the newly explored lands. 1796 English scientist Edward Jenner administered [...]
2009 A 35,000-year-old ivory carving of a busty woman found in a German cave was unveiled by archaeologists from the University of Tuebingen. They believe it is the oldest known sculpture of the human form. 1913 Russian-American aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky flew the first four-engine aircraft, the S-21 Russky Vityaz, which he called Le Grand. [...]
1941 German engineer and computer pioneer Konrad Zuse presented the Z3 computer to an audience of scientists in Berlin. It was the world’s first working programmable, fully automatic computing machine. It was Turing-complete, and by modern standards the Z3 was one of the first machines that could be considered a complete computing machine, although it [...]