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Neptune's rings via Voyager 2.
Blogs | This Date in Science | Aug 22, 2014

This date in science: Definitive discovery of Neptune’s rings

A few days before the NASA spacecraft Voyager 2 skimmed by Neptune in 1989, it acquired images of a faint, continuous ring system encircling the planet.

Photo credit: NASA
This Date in Science | Jul 17, 2014

This date in science: America and Russia meet in space

On July 17, 1975, a famous first handshake between nations in space.

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This Date in Science | Jun 19, 2014

This date in science: Paris Metro begins operations

First subway system in France and second-busiest in Europe today. But its early days were not without controversy.

Image credit: RIA Novosti/Wikipedia
Blogs | This Date in Science | Jun 16, 2014

This date in science: First woman in space

Under the call name “Chaika” (Seagull), Tereshkova launched solo aboard Vostok 6 in June, 1963, to become the first woman in space.

Messner (left) and Habeler.
Blogs | This Date in Science | May 08, 2014

This date in science: Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen

A look at why climbers use supplemental oxygen to climb Mount Everest and at the curtailment of the 2014 Everest climbing season following the deadly avalanche on April 18.

Pluto in natural color via SWRI and NASA
Blogs | This Date in Science | May 01, 2014

This date in science: Pluto gets a name

On May 1, 1930, 11-year-old Venetia Burney received £5 for naming Pluto, then the solar system’s outermost and newest planet.

Tambora in 2009. Image via NASA
Blogs | This Date in Science | Apr 10, 2014

This date in science: Largest volcanic eruption in recorded history

On April 10, 1815, Mount Tambora sent so much crud into the atmosphere that it blocked the sun. What became known as the Year Without a Summer came a year later, in 1816.

Planet Uranus via Voyager 2 in 1986
Blogs | This Date in Science | Mar 13, 2014

This date in science: Uranus discovered, completely by accident

William Herschel noticed while surveying stars that one object moved apart from the star background. It was the first planet discovered since ancient times.

John Glenn and Friendship 7
Blogs | This Date in Science | Feb 20, 2014

This date in science: John Glenn is first American to orbit Earth

On February 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. He made three turns around the planet before returning safely.

Great Meteor Procession of 1913 via U. of Toronto
Blogs | This Date in Science | Feb 09, 2014

This date in science: Great Meteor Procession of February 9, 1913

Today is the 101st anniversary of the Great Meteor Procession, in which bright meteors were seen to cross the sky on stately, nearly identical paths.