News Display: Falling Meteorite, Monday, 11/30Need to keep current, look to the past, teach a topic? The Everett Cafe features daily postings of headlines from around the world, as well as wide-ranging educational news displays.
In November, we highlight historic science news to complement the Cafe News book display Landing on Mars.
On November 30, 1954 a sulfide, 7 inch and 8.5 pound meteorite crashed through the roof of a house in Sylacauga, Alabama and struck a sleeping Mrs. Elizabeth Hodges on the hip. Although the victim suffered no serious injuries, the experience was a dramatic one!
On November 3, 1957 the Soviet Union sent the first dog into space to orbit the Earth and inform scientists about the biological effects of space travel. Laika, who was part Siberian husky and a stray from the streets of Moscow, boarded the Sputnik 2 -- only to survive a few days on a battery operated life support system that sent signals and information back to Earth. A dozen dogs followed suit in preparation for the first manned spacecraft, the Vostok 1 which carried Yuri Gagarin off into orbit and safely back again in 1961.
November 12, 1799 marks the day of the first recorded meteor shower in North America. Andrew Ellicott Douglass, an early American astronomer, witnessed the spectacular Leonids meteor shower -- an annual event, associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle, from a ship in the Florida keys.
Tiros 2, a weather satellite operated by NASA, was launched on November 23, 1960 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Powered by silicon solar cells, it orbited the Earth once every 98 minutes and tool pictures of cloud cover, as it measured radiation. Tiros 2's mission ended on December 4, 1961.