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Titan, Saturn’s Largest Moon, Was Discovered This Day 362-Years Ago; March 25, 1655.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titan_(moon)


Titan is the HUGE yellowish orb — too big to be fitted, per scale, in this diagram.


Titan is marked with the ‘T’.


So neat. Discovered ahead of Uranus — the first planet discovered with a telescope.

That Titan is the second largest Moon in the Solar System (to date) helped, Jupiter’s ‘Ganymede’, discovered 45 years earlier being the largest.


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Comet ‘Shoemaker-Levy 9’ That Gave Jupiter Quite The Black Eye Was Discovered This Day, 24-Years Ago.

by Anura Guruge


Jupiter’s gravitational pull broke up the comet way before the fragments went on to strike Jupiter.


From MY BOOK “Comets: 101 Facts & Trivia”. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Click image below for more details of BOOK.



While the discovery per se was NOT big news, the cometary fragments slamming into Jupiter in July 1994 was indeed widely publicized and covered.

I remember watching it on TV.

This is a comet I am quite familiar with.

We learned a lot from it, especially the phenomenon of Jupiter capturing comets before they made it to the Sun.



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The Disastrous Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Occurred This Day 28-Years Ago; March 24, 1989.

by Anura Guruge



Remember it well since it was the BIG news story at the time my eldest daughter, Danielle, was being born.

So Danielle will be 28 soon. Wow.

The disgraced Captain of the ValdezJoseph Hazelwood, lived in Meredith, New Hampshire, in the late 1990s, when I was also living in Meredith. Saw him once at the Meredith library but did not speak to him.


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This Day, March 23, In Space: First U.S. Gemini Manned Launch, 1965, & End Of Russian Mir Space Station, 2001.

by Anura Guruge


The INTENTIONAL, re-orbital disintegration of Mir. Click to ENLARGE.


Recovery of the Gemini 3 capsule. Click to ENLARGE.


The Gemini space program was the second U.S. manned program and the first to be able to carry TWO astronauts. Hence the name ‘Gemini’ for twin (or double)!

Gemini 1 & 2 were unmanned trial efforts.

So Gemini 3 was the first manned launch.

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It was in space February 20, 1986 to March 23, 2001. It was occupied in space for 4,592 days and made 86,331 orbits of the Earth. A total of 104 people, from 12 countries, spent time on Mir.

It was for a time the largest man made object in orbit — until superseded in every way by the International Space Station (ISS).




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The First Ever Tweet On Twitter Was Sent Out This Day JUST 11-Years Ago; March 21, 2006!

by Anura Guruge



Click to ENLARGE and read here. From Wikipedia. To access original: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter


Wow. Just 11-years ago.

And with Trump, Twitter changed the World!

Would Trump have become president IF we didn’t have Twitter? Something to ponder.

Amazing how much change can take place in such a relatively short period of time.


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