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spaceship one - 2003

Wright Flyer - 1903

December 17

2015- James Webb Space Telescope got closer to space when it signed a contract with Arianespace to launch on an Ariane 5 rocket in October 2018.

2003 SpaceShipOne, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first powered and first supersonic flight.

1998 - The discovery of the acceleration of the universe by two teams of astronomers using the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO) was named by the journal Science as the top scientific research advance of 1998. Working independently, the two groups have concluded that we live in a universe that will expand forever under the influence of an as yet unknown driving force. The expansion of the universe from the initial Big Bang has been known for decades. Gravitational attraction between galaxies should, however, slow the expansion and, if the universe contains sufficient matter, eventually stop or even reverse the expansion. The findings of these two research groups indicate that the universe does not contain enough matter to stop the expansion and, more surprisingly, that the expansion is speeding up. Observations from the NSF's Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) proved to be the key to success for these investigators. Released by National Optical Astronomy Observatories - What's New, 4:00 PM EST, December 17, 1998 )

- ALH84001 Discovered In Antarctica (Mars Meteorite)

1903 - At 10:35 a.m., Orville Wright makes the first heavier-than-air, machine powered flight in the world in a flight lasting only 12 seconds and covering just 120 feet.

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It is my conclusion that human evolution and the motions of matter in space are intrinsically linked. The observation and understanding of the complexity of biological history on Earth cannot be complete without the tandem observation and understanding of a dynamic greater cosmos. - SpaceGene