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Chinese Moon probe

China launched the Chang'e-3 probe. It was carrying the Yutu lunar rower. Chang'e is Chinese Moon goddess, Yutu is the mythological jade rabbit that lives on the Moon. Main scientific objectives of the mission were topography and geology survey and measuring lunar surface composition. The probe was supposed to test the soft-landing technology.

Solar energy scientist dies

Hungarian-American physical chemist Maria Telkes was developing techniques for solar energy use in water distillation and home heating. During World War 2 she invented a solar heated system to make sea water drinkable. On the end of the late 1940s, she worked on the solar heated house project at MIT.

Nuclear reactor

An international team of scientists led by Enrico Fermi initiated the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. The experimental apparatus was placed at the University of Chicago. Uranium in the reactor released neutrons. Their speed was reduced using graphite blocks. Slow neutrons than kicked other neutrons from more uranium nuclei.

The first Model A Ford is sold for 385$

The Ford Model A was the second huge success for the Ford Motor Company, after its predecessor, the Model T. It replaced the venerable Model T, which had been produced for 18 years. This new Model A was designated a 1928 model and was available in four standard colors.

Manhattan project veteran

American physical chemist Isabella Karle was born. She worked on the Manhattan project during World War 2. She invented a method for extracting crucial chemical, the plutonium chloride. Later she developed a new and fast way for structure determination from X-ray diffraction data on crystalline materials.

Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés dies

Hernán Cortés died in Castilleja de la Cuesta, Seville province, from a case of pleurisy at the age of 62. Like Columbus, he died a wealthy but embittered man. He left his many mestizo and white children well cared for in his will, along with every one of their mothers.

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