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Radarsat maps Antarctica
Radarsat maps Antarctica

October 19

2002 - Death of Nikolay Rukavishnikov, a Soviet cosmonaut who flew three missions and was the 50th human to fly in space on April 23, 1971.

canada1999 - CSA (Canadian Space Agency) releases a RADARSAT, Canada's Earth observation satellite, "radio" map of Antarctica and gives scientists the most detailed map ever of the polar continent,  the source of the world's largest fresh water supply.

- Max Planck submits new quantum theory to Berliner Physikalische Gesellschaft. His theory revolutionizes science.

- The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physics by one half to Professor Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA, for his theoretical studies of the physical processes of importance to the structure and evolution of the stars, and by the other half to professor William A. Fowler, California, Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA, for his theoretical and experimental studies of the nuclear reactions of importance in the formation of the chemical elements in the universe. 
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