Today in Science (0131)

Events

1958 - Explorer program: Explorer I - The first successful launch of an American satellite into orbit.

1958 - James Van Allen discovers the Van Allen radiation belt.

1961 - Project Mercury: Mercury-Redstone 2 - Ham the Chimp becomes the first hominid in outer space.

Births

1868 - Theodore William Richards, American chemist and Nobel Prize laureate

1881 - Irving Langmuir, American chemist and Nobel Prize laureate

1929 - Rudolf Mössbauer, German physicist and Nobel Prize laureate

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