Stranger Fruit

Today in Science (0731)


1964Ranger program: Ranger 7 sends back the first close-up photographs of the moon, with images 1,000 times clearer than anything ever seen from earth-bound telescopes.

1999Discovery Program: Lunar ProspectorNASA intentionally crashes the spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon’s surface.


1718John Canton, English physicist

1858Richard Dixon Oldham, British geologist

1860Mary Vaux Walcott, American artist and naturalist

1918Paul D. Boyer, American chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate


1980Pascual Jordan, German physicist