Category: history

Planet Earth on March 23, 1965, as seen from t…

Planet Earth on March 23, 1965, as seen from the Gemini 3 spacecraft “Molly Brown” on its three-orbit journey around the world. (NASA)

March 22, 1997: Comet Hale–Bopp made its close…

March 22, 1997: Comet Hale–Bopp made its closest approach to Earth, passing within about 122 million miles. (NASA: 1, 2, 3)

22 March 1996: Russia’s Mir space station seen…

22 March 1996: Russia’s Mir space station seen over New Zealand from the Space Shuttle Atlantis. (NASA)

Happy Birthday to William Shatner, aka Captain…

Happy Birthday to William Shatner, aka Captain James Tiberius Kirk, still boldly going at 88. He was born in Montreal, Canada, on March 22, 1931.

March 22, 1972: Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Du…

March 22, 1972: Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke, with a core tube and hammer, trains on a simulated Moon surface at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

(NASA)

Comet Hale–Bopp made its closest approach to E…

Comet Hale–Bopp made its closest approach to Earth on this day in 1997, passing within about 122 million miles. (NASA: 1, 2)

Computers from Digital Equipment Corporation u…

Computers from Digital Equipment Corporation used by workers in Boston, Massachusetts, 1981. Photo by Spencer Grant. (Digital Commonwealth)

“N-258 NAS Facility computer room” at NA…

“N-258 NAS Facility computer room” at NASA Ames, 1987.

“Cosmic Calendar” — Carl Sagan takes us on a t…

“Cosmic Calendar” — Carl Sagan takes us on a tour of the history of the cosmos.

“I know that science and technology are not ju…

“I know that science and technology are not just cornucopias pouring good deeds out into the world. Scientists not only conceived nuclear weapons; they also took political leaders by the lapels, arguing that their nation — whichever it happened to be — had to have one first. … There’s a reason people are nervous about science and technology.”

—Carl Sagan