This Day In Astro History

Copernicus statue
Nicolaus Copernicus
(1473 - 1543)
The monument in Torun, Poland

May 24

1962 - American astronaut Scott Carpenter orbits the Earth three times in the Aurora 7 space capsule as part of Project Mercury.

1543 - Nicolaus Copernicus dies.  Famous for "On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres." He had delayed publishing his theory for some thirty years; the first completed copy of it arrived from the printers a few hours before his death. It was placed on his bed, so that he could handle it. But by then the Canon's mind was wandering, and he could not comment on the anonymous preface to the book, which told the reader that its contents need not be regarded as true, or even as probable. Thus posterity never knew for certain whether Canon Koppernigk had authorized that preface, and whether he really believed in his system or not." 'The Sleepwalkers', Arthur Koestler, Arkana (penguin) 1989, p121

Before we take to sea we walk on land,
Before we create we must understand. 

Copernicus - On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres 

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