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June 27, 1978

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1978 the US launched Seasat, an experimental ocean surveillance satellite. Each day Seasat makes 14 orbits of Earth and in 36 hours is able to monitor nearly 96% of the oceanic surface. The satellite’s … Continue reading

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July 21, 1969

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1969, Buzz Aldrin became the second man to set foot on the moon, and the first to urinate. Why? He was a man. It’s what we do.

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April 21, 1997

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1997 the ashes of Timothy Leary and Gene Roddenberry were launched into orbit around the Earth. Gene’s ashes were launched because of his desire to closer to space and the next Final Frontier. Timothy … Continue reading

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November 16, 1974

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1974 the first intentional interstellar radio message was sent by the Arecibo telescope towards M41, a cluster of stars some 25,000 light years away. Thirty years later in 2004 the text of the message … Continue reading

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November 3, 1957

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1957 the Soviet Union launched a dog into space on board Sputnik 2 and it became the first living animal to enter the Earth’s orbit. When the Russian Federal Space Agency was asked why … Continue reading

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December 24, 1965

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1965 a 100 pound meteorite broke apart and crashed over Barwell, Leicestershire, England. No one was injured, no strange plant became sentient, no mutations of children were noticed, and no weird diseases developed. Barwell, … Continue reading

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November 29, 1961

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1961, the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft was launched by NASA with Enos ‘Chim-Chim’ the Chimp on board. The craft orbited the earth twice before safely landing in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Puerto … Continue reading

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September 8, 1966

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1966, Star Trek premiered on TV, and the term Trekkie was born. Finally, adolescent teenage boys could put their train sets away and watch space travel with scantily dressed women in mini-skirts and go-go … Continue reading

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August 24, 2006

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY! in 2006, the member planets of the Solar System were called together to vote on the membership applications of Ceres, Makemake, and Eris. The planet Mercury was enthusiastic in its pleading to allow the three … Continue reading

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August 7, 1985

On This Day In History! in 1985 – Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai were chosen as Japan’s first astronauts. The astronauts were trained to fly and operate the ZGMF-X42S Destiny Gundam and took it on its first test … Continue reading

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