. On this day in 1880 – September 30th – Henry Draper took the first photograph of a nebula, the Orion Nebula.
Draper was an American physician, professor of medicine, keen astronomer and pioneer of astrophotography. Stars with HD numbers are listed in the Henry Draper Catalog compiled by Harvard College Observatory and funded by Draper's widow, Anna Draper.
. On this day in 1845 – October 1st – English astronomer William Henry Mahoney Christie was born in Woolwich, London.
He served as Chief Assistant to George Biddell Airy at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich from 1870 to 1881, replacing Airy in 1881 to become the eighth Astronomer Royal of England. He remained in office until his retirement from the post in 1910.
. On this day in 1882 – October 5th – Robert Goddard was born in Worcester, Massachusetts..
Goddard was an American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fuelled rocket. Although he received little public support in his lifetime, he's now considered one of the founding fathers of modern rocketry.
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