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NASA's Kepler discovers the most Earth-like planet yet

Kepler-452b is an exoplanet orbiting the Sun-like star Kepler-452 about 1,400 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. It was identified by the Kepler space telescope, and its discovery was announced by NASA. However, a study in 2018 by Mullally et al. implied that statistically, Kepler-452 b has not been proven to exist and must still be considered a candidate.

American physicist and astronaut Sally Ride dies

She was the third woman in space (after Valentina Tereshkova and Svetlana Savitskaya). She flew to space twice: in 1983 and 1984. Both times it was aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. Overall Ride spent in space 14 days, 7 hours, 47 minutes and 32 seconds. She was the only person who participated on investigations of both Space Shuttle disasters.

Space Shuttle Columbia lands

Aboard of the shuttle were Japanese rice fish. They mated and produced a healthy fry. Thus, the rice fish became the first vertebrate to mate in orbit. Columbia also carried International Microgravity Laboratory. Most experiments were dedicated to life sciences. Payload specialist Chiaki Mukai was first Japanese woman in space.

Canadian B767 successfully lands after running of fuel

The aircraft was not sufficiently refueled before take-off because of confusion over unit measures. It ran out of fuel midway through the flight at an altitude of 12 500 meters with 69 people on board. The crew was able to glide the aircraft safely to an emergency landing at a former RCAF base in Gimli, Manitoba.

The first Earth Resources Technology Satellite is launched

Landsat 1 was the first satellite of the US' Landsat program, launched by a Delta 900 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It was the first satellite launched with the sole purpose of studying and monitoring the planet.

American aviation and motorcycling pioneer Glenn Curtiss dies

He is considered the founder of the American aircraft industry. Glenn Curtiss built the White Wing airplane, which took off in 1908. It was the first plane in US to be controlled by ailerons instead of the wing-warping used by the Wrights. He found the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company. Curtiss airplanes were massively used in the Great War.

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