Tag Archives: On This Day

Taking On Every Challenge

On May 26, 1951, astrophysicist Sally Ride was born. Selected to the first group of astronauts chosen for the space shuttle program, she was the first American woman in space. Ride received training in many fields for her NASA service … Continue reading

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Temperature by Degrees

On May 24, 1686, self-taught physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit was born. He was also a self-taught engineer and, having once worked as a glass blower, became an innovative maker of scientific instruments. At the time, although thermometers were available for … Continue reading

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World Migratory Bird Day

May 12-13 is World Migratory Bird Day — a two-day event observed each year to focus world attention on the need to protect migratory birds and their habitats. In 2006, the United Nations established this second weekend of May to … Continue reading

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World Meteorological Day

On March 23, 1950, the World Meteorological Organization was created as a specialized agency of the United Nations. The WMO speaks on the state of Earth’s atmosphere and reports its interaction with oceans, the climate it produces, and the resulting … Continue reading

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World Water Day

On March 22, 2018, we celebrate World Water Day, a special day for focusing upon the most vital food for life on Earth. Each year, the United Nations Organization chooses a special water focus that has included water for cities, … Continue reading

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International Day of Forests and Trees

On March 21, 1971, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization declared this as World Forestry Day to share information, research, and project updates on forests and forestry around the world. This day was chosen because it is the vernal … Continue reading

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Nature Whisperer

On February 17, 1858, educator, illustrator, biologist, photographer, and writer Margaret Warner Morley was born. After graduating as a teacher in New York City, she studied at what is now the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and the Marine … Continue reading

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Great Ormond Street Hospital

On February 14, 1852, Dr. Charles West opened London England’s The Hospital for Sick Children. It was the first hospital in the country to provide inpatient care only to children. West was determined to reduce the approximate 20,000 children’s deaths … Continue reading

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Extreme Eco-nauts

On January 28, 1884, Belgian physicist, inventor, and extremes explorer Auguste Piccard was born in Switzerland… a few minutes after his physicist-chemist brother Jean-Felix. Auguste conducted atmospheric research using balloon flight and was well into the public eye when the … Continue reading

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The First International
Microgravity Laboratory

Twenty-five years ago today on January 22, 1992, STS-42 carried the first International Microgravity Laboratory [IML-1], dozens of experiments, and seven space shuttle crew members into space. Over 200 scientists from 13 countries contributed to the crew’s onboard research tasks … Continue reading

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Microgravity Laboratory