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Rudolph Diesel’s body found (1913)

posted Friday, 10 October 2014

Rudolph Diesel, of diesel engine fame, was last seen alive 29 September 1913 aboard the steamship Dresden en route from Antwerp to London. Eleven days later the crew of the Coertsen found his decomposed body floating in the North Sea. Circumstances leading to Diesel’s death remain a mystery.

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First North Korean nuclear weapon test (2006)

posted Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Date: 8 October 2006 (10:35 AM Korea Standard Time)
Code name: unknown
Type: plutonium fission
Yield: less than one thousand tons of TNT
Location: Kilchu-ŭp, North Hamgyŏng
Earthquake magnitude: 4.3

This test is thought to have been a fizzle. The second nuclear weapons test by North Korea on 25 May 2009 is thought to have been successful.

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The Wright Brothers fly the first practical airplane (1905)

posted Sunday, 5 October 2014

The Wright Brothers completed the sixth and final flight in a series of “long duration” (20-40 minute) flights at Huffman Prairie, Ohio on 5 October 1905. The Wright Flyer III was the third powered aircraft built by the Wright Brothers and, although not the first airplane to fly, is generally considered the the first practical airplane.

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Sputnik 1 launched (1957)

posted Saturday, 4 October 2014

The world’s first artificial satellite was about the size of a basketball, weighed only 83 kg, and took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path. It was launched on this day, at this time in 1957.

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STS-51-J Atlantis first flight (1985)

posted Friday, 3 October 2014

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Hurricane: First UK nuclear weapon test (1952)

posted Thursday, 2 October 2014

Date: 3 October 1952 (8:00 AM Western Australia Standard Time)
Code name: Hurricane
Type: plutonium fission
Yield: 25 thousand tons of TNT
Location: Monte Bello Islands, Australia

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NASA founded (1958)

posted Wednesday, 1 October 2014

NASA became operational on 1 October 1958 — almost exactly one year after the Soviets launched Sputnik 1, the world’s first artificial satellite.

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Rudolph Diesel last seen alive (1913)

posted Monday, 29 September 2014

Rudolph Diesel, of diesel engine fame, was last seen alive around 10:00 PM on 29 September 1913 aboard the steamship Dresden en route from Antwerp to London. Eleven days later the crew of the Coertsen found his decomposed body floating in the North Sea. Circumstances leading to Diesel’s death remain a mystery.

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First Chinese Space Walk (2008)

posted Saturday, 27 September 2014

Chinese astronaut Zhai Zhigang made the nation’s first spacewalk on this day in 2008 floating outside the Shenzhou VII spacecraft for 18 minutes as it orbited the earth. Another astronaut, Liu Boming, briefly poked his head and part of his body out of the module, becoming the second Chinese astronaut to touch outer space, while the third astronaut, Jing Haipeng, stayed behind in the re-entry module.

Zhai ZhigangSource: Xinhua/Associated Press

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Luna 16 lands on the earth (1970)

posted Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Luna 16 was the first robotic probe to land on the Moon and return a sample to Earth.

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