Looking Back…

May 2, 2008

In case you were wondering about notable science events that happened the week of May 2nd… 

On May 2nd, 1952, the first ever commercial jet airliner went on its maiden voyage from London to Johannesburg. The de Havilland Comet had four engines and could only seat 44 passangers, and the early models coul only fly a few flights before suffering metal fatigue.

We have lift-off. On May 5th, 1961, the first American, Alan Shepard was launched into space. He was the second man to be launched into space, achieving this just 23 days after the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Alexkseyevich Gagarin‘s pioneer flight on April 12th. Shepard was also the 5th man to ever walk on the moon.
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“Roger, Roger. What’s your vector Victor?” On May 7th, 1895, Russian physicist Alexander Stepanovich Popov invented the first radio reciever. Russia commemorated this day by celebrating “Radio Day” every year on this date. Popov was also featured on a 1989 USSR stamp.

Caffeine addiction? On May 8th, 1886, while trying to create a new pain medicine, a pharmacist named John Pemberton created a carbonated beverage that later became known as Coca Cola. However, the original formula contained cocaine.

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Authored By Steven Cowan

Steven never dreamed his first job out of college would be in public relations, and on top of that working for one of the top museums in the country. After all, he majored in History at Vassar College. Within three months of graduation, he landed a spot in the PR department and has not looked back since. He is fast becoming a communications fanatic, spending a tremendous amount of his time promoting the museum and all it has to offer.

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