Category: science

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)

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.

Amazing Saturn, glimpsed by the Cassini space …

Amazing Saturn, glimpsed by the Cassini space probe on June 14, 2013.

ON THIS DAY: Spectacular Saturn, observed by t…

ON THIS DAY: Spectacular Saturn, observed by the Cassini space probe on June 14, 2016.

(Kevin Gill)

10 YEARS AGO TODAY: On June 14, 2008, the Spac…

10 YEARS AGO TODAY: On June 14, 2008, the Space Shuttle Discovery comes home to Cape Canaveral in Florida, concluding a mission that lasts 13 days, 18 hours, 13 minutes, 7 seconds.

June 14, 1822 – Computer pioneer Charles…

June 14, 1822 – Computer pioneer Charles Babbage proposes the difference engine in a paper to the Royal Astronomical Society entitled “Note on the application of machinery to the computation of astronomical and mathematical tables.” (Sources: 1, 2)

ON THIS DAY: The north pole of Saturn, observe…

ON THIS DAY: The north pole of Saturn, observed by the Cassini space probe on June 14, 2016. Assembled by Kevin Gill using various infrared filtered images.