Today in 1971, #Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard hit two golf balls while on the moon. Shepard attached a 6-iron golf club to the end of a sample collecting tool. The first landed in a nearby crater. The second was hit squarely, and in the one-sixth gravity of the moon, Shepard said it traveled “miles and miles & miles.” #Space#NASA#GolfontheMoon
"After recently finding old science fiction magazines dating back from the 1980’s, it reignited my childhood memories of my curiosity of our solar system and of limitless imagination. I began researching heavily on NASA missions and came to the realization that the late 1950’s to mid-1970’s were exciting times for new discoveries, for real photographic images of planets and for limitless possibilities. This gave me the incentive to start a personal project named Beyond Earth."
Today in Science History: Dec 26 In 1982, The Man of the Year in Time magazine was a non-human for the first time. A computer received the honour as 1982’s “greatest influence for good or evil.” The article recognized that, “By itself, the personal computer is a machine with formidable capabilities for tabulating, modeling or recording. Those capabilities can be multiplied almost indefinitely by plugging it into a network of other computers. This is generally done by attaching a desk-top model to a telephone line. One can then dial an electronic data base, which not only provides all manner of information but also collects and transmits messages: electronic mail.”
Today in Science: Dec 20 In 1879, Thomas A. Edison privately demonstrated his incandescent light at Menlo Park, New Jersey. He had invented the lamp on 21 Oct 1879 after 13 months of experimentation to discover a suitable material for the filament. He found carbonized cotton filaments could operate for 40 hours in a vacuum inside a glass bulb. When the first public demonstration was given at Menlo Park on 31 Dec 1879, the Pennsylvania Railroad Company ran special trains there to enable the public to view the demonstration.
In 1930, the first autogyro pilot to carry a passenger was Amelia Earhart at Pitcairn Field, Willow Grove, Pa. She flew a PCA-2 Pitcairn Autogyro, making several trips with various passengers until dark. It was only on the previous day, 18 Dec 1930, that she made her first solo flight in the autogyro, also making her the first female to make a solo flight. Two years before, on 19 Dec 1928, the first autogyro flight had been made there. Harold F. Pitcairn had brought the aircraft to America and formed the Pitcairn-Cieva Autogyro Company of America for licensing the manufacture of the autogiro in the U.S.
Today in Science History: Dec 17 Today in 1903, the first manned, powered, sustained and controlled airplane flights were achieved by the Wright brothers with The Flyer, a wood and fabric biplane, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Despite a biting cold, 27 mph wind, at 10 a.m., the Wrights decided to attempt a flight. Orville Wright, launched from a track into the wind. The biplane flew low over the ground for 120-ft (37-m), aloft for 12 secs. For the first time, a machine carrying a man had raised itself by its own power into the air in full flight, flown forward without reduction of speed and had finally landed at a point as high as that from which it started. Three more flights were made in the next few hours. The last one, with Wilbur Wright aboard, was the longest, covering 852-ft (260-m) in 59 secs. The wind then upset The Flyer, damaged it, and it never flew again.