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Who wants to go to Venus?
Some people think that Venus could be habitable. And perhaps you might daydream about being closer to the Sun when the long winter nights come, and the temperature drops. After all, "Earth's twin" should be a nice place, shouldn't it? Let's talk about that.
(1) November 19, 1956: Eileen Collins. She was a former military test pilot who became the first woman to pilot a space shuttle and the first woman commander of a space shuttle.
(2) November 20,1889: Edwin Hubble. His work showed that the Universe was much bigger than our own Galaxy and provided evidence for an expanding universe.
(3) December 7, 1905: Gerard Kuiper. The Dutch-American astronomer is considered by many to be the father of modern planetary science.
(4) December 11, 1863: Annie Jump Cannon. The American astronomer classified nearly a quarter of a million stellar spectra for the Henry Draper catalog, and oversaw its publication after the death of the director of the observatory.
(5) December 14, 1546: Tycho Brahe. The Danish astronomer was the greatest observer ever in the days before the telescope was invented. The accuracy of his data enabled Kepler to formulate the laws describing the orbits of the planets.
*John Glenn RIP*
Another space hero is lost to us with the death of the first American to go into orbit. He made the most of his 95 years on Earth, serving as a pilot, an astronaut and a US Senator and numerous other activities.
*Season's greetings from Hubble*
The Hubble Space Telescope folks say: “This year, say it in stars! Send your friends and relatives best wishes for the season with our printable holiday cards. Messages of joy and peace are illuminated by the natural splendor of the universe. The cards are designed to be printed out at photo stores or online photo labs, though you can also use a home printer.” http://hubblesite.org/gallery/holiday/
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