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NASA's Curiosity rover lands on the surface of Mars

A car-sized rover Curiosity was designed for the purpose of exploration of Gale Crater on Mars. As a part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, it was launched from Cape Canaveral and landed on Aeolis Palus in Gale Crater. The landing location was given a name Bradbury Landing after sci-fi author Ray Bradbury.

Space Shuttle Challenger lands

The mission was interesting from several points of view. During launch, Challenger had to perform Abort to Orbit (ATO) emergency procedure, which means that the intended orbit could not be reached, but the shuttle could stay on a lower, stable orbit. Despite the ATO, rest of the mission went well. One of the experiments conducted on board was preparation of Coca-Cola and Pepsi in space.

Soviet Cosmonaut Gherman Titov experience space sickness for the first time in history

Titov was the second human to orbit the Earth. Space sickness is similar to the sea sickness and car sickness. It is caused by disagreement between visually perceived movement and the vestibular system's sense of movement. Symptoms can vary from mild nausea and disorientation, to vomiting and intense discomfort. Titov vomited.

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