Author: HUMANOID HISTORY

Passing Mars and its moons, illustrated by Tom…

Passing Mars and its moons, illustrated by Tom McNeely, 1993.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshko…

TODAY IN HISTORY: Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, painted by Amir Nuriahmetovich Mazitov, 1964. She became the first woman in space on June 16, 1963.

ON THIS DAY: Behold Titan and Rhea, the larges…

ON THIS DAY: Behold Titan and Rhea, the largest and second largest of Saturn’s moons, observed by the Cassini space probe on June 16, 2011.

(NASA/JPL)

TODAY IN HISTORY: Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshko…

TODAY IN HISTORY: Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space on June 16, 1963.

TODAY IN HISTORY: The sci-fi classic Them! cra…

TODAY IN HISTORY: The sci-fi classic Them! crawled into theaters on June 16, 1954.

ON THIS DAY: Delivering a shiny Atlas missile …

ON THIS DAY: Delivering a shiny Atlas missile to Walker Air Force Base in New Mexico, June 16, 1962.

(San Diego Air & Space Museum)

TODAY IN HISTORY: Soviet cosmonaut Valentina T…

TODAY IN HISTORY: Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space. On June 16, 1963, she soared to the heavens with the Vostok 6 mission and orbited the Earth 48 times, spending almost three days in space. Fun fact: In order to join the Cosmonaut Corps, Tereshkova was inducted into the Soviet Air Force, but since the distinction was only honorary, she was the first civilian to fly in space. Two records, one trip.

Bonus fun fact: At the age of 77, Tereshkova said that she was ready to come out of retirement to go on a one-way trip to Mars, her favorite planet.

June 14, 2008 – The Space Shuttle Discovery ge…

June 14, 2008 – The Space Shuttle Discovery gets a two after landing at Cape Canaveral, concluding a mission that lasts 13 days, 18 hours, 13 minutes, 7 seconds.

(NASA)

TODAY IN HISTORY: The first monkey to be sent …

TODAY IN HISTORY: The first monkey to be sent successfully into space was Albert II, a male rhesus monkey, who made it to a height of 83 miles (134 km) on June 14, 1949. Albert died on impact after a parachute failure.

ON THIS DAY: Creature feature The Monster That…

ON THIS DAY: Creature feature The Monster That Challenged the World arrived in theaters on June 14, 1957.