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January 24 Science History

Science History for January 24

By Todd Helmenstine

Learn about the history of science by reading about the significant scientific events that took place on this day in history.

1990 - HITEN launch

HITEN spacecraft
Japan launches their first lunar probe named HITEN. The small satellite later entered lunar orbit.

1986 - Uranus flyby

Voyager 2 Spacecraft
The Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach (81.593 km) to the planet Uranus.

1958 - Project Zeta announcement

English nuclear scientists announce the success of Project Zeta and achieved the first man-made nuclear fusion reaction. Project Zeta was attempting to create fusion by heating deuterium to approximately 5,000,000 °C. Further investigation of the data showed that no fusion actually took place and caused a significant setback to English nuclear science.

1925 - Solar Eclipse filmed

Total solar eclipse filmed by US Navy. A motion picture was taken of the total solar eclipse from the US Naval dirigible, U.S.S. Los Angeles off the coast of Long Island, NY.

1868 - John Davy died.

John Davy (1790 - 1868)
Wikipedia Commons
John Davy was an English chemist and doctor who was the first to produce phosgene gas.

1839 - Darwin joins Royal Society

Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882)
Wikipedia Commons
Charles Darwin, naturalist and author of Origin of Species is elected as a member of the Royal Society.

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