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Opportunity rover is temporarily shut down due to a dust storm

Due to the planetary 2018 dust storm on Mars, Opportunity ceased communications on June 10 and entered hibernation on June 12. It was hoped it would reboot once the weather cleared, but it did not, suggesting either a catastrophic failure or that a layer of dust had covered its solar panels.

Shenzhou 10 is launched with 3 taikonauts

Shenzhou 10 was a manned spaceflight of China's Shenzhou program. The mission had a crew of three astronauts: Nie Haisheng, who was mission commander and previously flew on Shenzhou 6; Zhang Xiaoguang, a former PLAAF squadron commander who conducted the rendezvous and docking; and Wang Yaping, the second Chinese female astronaut.

Microsoft releases MS DOS 5.0

IBM PC DOS is a discontinued operating system for the IBM Personal Computer. DOS 5.0 was one of the biggest upgrades of DOS in its history. It supported the use of the High Memory Area (HMA) and Upper Memory Blocks (UMBs) on 80286 and later systems to reduce its conventional memory usage. It was also the last version of DOS in which IBM and Microsoft shared the code. DOS 5 was later integrated to the OS/2 operating system.

The hovercraft flies for the first time

The SR.N1 ("Saunders-Roe Nautical 1") was the first practical hovercraft. It was developed by British engineer Christopher Cockerell and served as an experimental vehicle for four years before being officially retired. Shortly after SR.N1 retirement, multiple companies started to build hovercrafts of their own design.

The first public demonstration of FM broadcasting

Electrical engineer and inventor of the FM radio, Edwin Armstrong, built his own radio station, W2XMN at Alpine, New Jersey, to demonstrate FM’s possibilities. Shortly after it began transmitting in July 1939, interest in FM soared. Armstrong commissioned General Electric to build 25 FM receiving sets at his own expense.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1960

Mehmet Öz

died 1934

Lev Vygotsky

born 1937

Johnny Brown