Posts tagged space
Laika the Soviet Space DoG

Has anyone ever underestimated what you were capable of?

No one was prepared for Laika.

On November 3, 1957, a tiny capsule rocketed into space. Inside was the diminutive body of a fourteen-pound dog. The occupant was named Laika, and she had become the first creature in history to leave Earth for the stars, initiating the era of human space exploration. It was no small accomplishment for a stray that only a few days earlier had been fighting for scraps of food on the streets of Moscow.

Laika’s unlikely journey was borne out of the desperate need to prove that spaceflight was possible.

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Margherita Hack

You’ve heard of Carl Sagan, right?

Well, get ready to meet Margherita Hack!

While Margherita Hack was out-of-this-world brilliant, she stayed forever down-to-earth. Italy’s “Lady of the Stars” was an astrophysicist specialized in stellar spectroscopy, yet she was dedicated to communicating both her scientific findings as well as her political opinions in plain, understandable, everyday terms. As a result, she became one of her country’s most beloved cultural icons and one of it’s first “popular scientists.” Her accomplishments are all the more notable because astrophysics was then, as it is now, a male-dominated field.

Yet, she remains largely unknown to the international public. So we’re delighted to introduce her to you today.

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Albert Einstein

Are you insatiably curious about the mysteries of the universe?

So was Albert Einstein.

In 1915, the then unknown German-born theoretical physicist introduced a groundbreaking idea to the world: he suggested that space is not “inert,” but that the momentum of objects, or energy, in combination with gravity fields cause it to bend and shift. He called it the Theory of General Relativity.

The scientific community was naturally skeptical. The reigning theory had been put forward 228 years before, in 1687, by none other than Sir Isaac Newton. But young Einstein felt that the legendary Englishman had missed an important factor in the essential equation: time.

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The Astronauts of Apollo 13

What if you were thrown into a life-or-death situation hundreds of thousands of miles from home, while hurtling through space, with limiting stores of food, water and oxygen?

Would you freeze or answer the call for courage, like the astronauts of Apollo 13?

The Apollo 13 flight of 1970 is one of NASA's most famous and awe-inspiring missions – even though it failed to achieve its goals. The seventh flight in the Apollo space program, Apollo 13 was intended to land on the moon. Just two days after launch, however, the crew was forced to abort their lunar landing mission when one of the ship's oxygen tanks exploded. The astronauts aboard – Commander Jim Lovell, Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert Jr., and Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise – may as well have been presumed dead.

But the astronauts’ ingenious problem-solving skills saved the day.

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