Today in Science (0731)

Events

1964 - Ranger 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.

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

Births

1718 - John Canton, English physicist

1858 - Richard Dixon Oldham, British geologist

1860 - Mary Vaux Walcott, American artist and naturalist

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

Deaths

1980 - Pascual Jordan, German physicist

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