I agree, Angie. It's strange for me to think that was half a century ago and how much has changed. When I saw the movie Apollo 13 - and that was nearly a quarter of a century ago! - I was startled by seeing the guys in Mission Control with their slide rules! And how about the first cosmonauts in space? They returned to Earth by parachute, because that was safer than landing in their spacecraft. (That was a well kept secret for a long time.)
On this day in 1919 - August 12th - Anglo-American astronomer Margaret Burbidge (nee Peachey) was born in Cheshire, England.
She made notable contributions to the theory of quasars, to measurements of the rotation and masses of galaxies, and to the understanding of how chemical elements are formed in the depths of stars through nuclear fusion. She was the first woman director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory and the first woman to be president of the American Astronomical Society.
Happy 100th birthday to one of the great astronomers of the last century!
We take forum safety very seriously here at BellaOnline. Please be sure to read through our Forum Guidelines. Let us know if you have any questions or comments!