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Today in Space History http://www.TodayinSpaceHistory.com
The past fuels the future

This is a non-commercial web site.

This web site – Today in Space History – publishes important and interesting information about space history, especially space exploration. We do it based on the importance of a person or event to the actual anniversary of the date it happened. For example, one will find an article on the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger published on January 28th because the actual event happened on January 28, 1986. Thus, this web site is sort of “This Day in History” for space exploration, whatever ‘this day’ happens to be.

Who is the publisher of this web site?

TellingHistory, otherwise known as Kraig M. is the publisher of Today in Space History.

Academic background:

B.A., Indiana University (1985)- majors in Philosophy (concentration in the history and philosophy of science,), Communications; minors in History, Spanish and Fine arts.

M.S., in Library and Information Science, The University of Kentucky (1990) – concentration in history of books in print and the role of information in society.

The Modern Space Age and Space History

The modern space age is commonly assumed to have begun in 1957 when Russia launched Sputnik. However, important modern space history and events really must begin in the late 19th century with the thought and work of the founding father of modern space exploration, the Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. It was Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935) who was the first modern who imagined and wrote space exploration, space travel, rocket boosters, multistage rockets. etc. He did this years before the Wright Brothers even flew their first plane. Not surprisingly, he was also a science fiction writer. It was the great British science fiction writer, Arthur C. Clarke, who wrote: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” The writings and work of Tsiolkovsky were quite futuristic and magical for his day and age. Indeed, it wasn’t even until the end of his life that his work became esteemed and respected.

When we speak of space history then, we focus on what we have in terms of people and events who have contributed seminally to space exploration since the late 19th century. The evidence and available records are heavily slanted toward the United States and Russia, or the Soviet Union. That’s simply because since the 1950s those two countries have contributed the most to the field of space exploration. It has only been in the past decade or so that we have seen a truly International growth of interest in space exploration.

Sources for this web site?

The information published on this site comes from a myriad of sources, Internet and print based.

  • Many of the pictures on this site are in the public domain and are sourced to NASA. Image credit is due to NASA for pictures of astronauts.
  • We often will excerpt a small part of a Wikipedia article and link to the complete article for further reading.
  • The editor and contributors are also constantly reading readily available books and magazines and using these sources for research and publishing articles to the site.
  • Quotations about/from important people are a regular feature of most articles published to this web site.
  • When possible, previously unpublished or rarely seen documents, letters, pictures, etc., are published to this site by accessing online auctions and similar web sites. We cite the source of the item normally. An example would be some original handwritten notes by Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky.

How to use this site?

  • Subscribe to the free RSS feed to the site. This will make sure you receive each article as it is newly published to the site.
  • Suggest, recommend or write an article for the web site. If interested email us at tellinghistory[at]yahoo.com.
  • Find an article on the site that corresponds to an important date to you personally, i.e., a birthday, an anniversary, etc.
  • Search the site by keyword for information that interests you. You can always browse the monthly archives too. This is all easily done from the home page on the right side.
  • Use this web site as a homework helper. Though space enthusiasts will enjoy the content found on this site, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to appreciate it either. Middle and high schoolers will both find the content accessible and useful for their personal research.
  • Comment on an article. Each article allows the reader to post their comments, questions or feedback. Have at it!
  • To cite this web site please use:
    TodayinSpaceHistory.com web site – http://www.todayinspacehistory.com
  • Link to this web sit by copying/pasting the following URL into your code:
    http://www.todayinspacehistory.com

Other features this site will add in the near future?

  • A weekly podcast.
  • A free forum.
  • More to come
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