What Happened on…..This Day in History?

  • October 3rd, 1985: The Space Shuttle Atlantis made its maiden voyage. Atlantis was also the last shuttle launched in the space shuttle program before the end of the program in 2011. Atlantis was an orbital shuttle and by the end of its final voyage Atlantis had orbited the Earth 4,848 times, traveling nearly 126,000,000 mi. in space or more than 525 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon. Atlantis weighed 80 tons and finished 33 missions before its retirement.

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  • October 14th, 1947: Chuck Yeager becomes the first pilot to fly at speeds faster than the speed of sound (Mach 1). The speed of sound is approximately 768 mph and this is the speed that he surpassed in the experimental Bell X-1 rocket plane. Only years later Chuck set another speed record by flying Mach 2.44 or 2.44 times the speed of sound or approximately 1,874 mph. The current Air Speed Record for a manned air breathing jet aircraft (aka Not a space Shuttle) is 2,193 mph or Mach2.85 as set in 1976Capt. Charles E. Yeager and Bell X-1 - Portrait
  • October 31st, 1864:  Nevada became the 36th State of the United States of America. Nevada has been known for its gambling and gold for the longest time. The burgeoning city of Las Vegas hosts some of the most extravagant and extensive casinos and hotels in all of the US. Over two thirds of all of the population in Nevada reside in Clark county, and the Las Vegas area. Gold also still remains a large part of the economy in Nevada.  Nevada still remains the fourth largest producer of gold in the world.

–  Saxon Bull

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