View Full Version : How the Space Shuttle Killed an American Halley’s Comet Mission

2013-Mar-13, 06:50 PM
NASA missed the chance to visit Halley’s Comet in 1986 when the famed sentinel swung close to Earth, as it does every 76 years. Luckily for history, the Europeans flew Giotto past it on this day (March 13) in 1976, and some other nations sent their own probes. The full story of NASA’s withdrawal is [...]

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2013-Mar-13, 09:22 PM
Carter, according to Murray, was reading a book on black holes penned by Walter Sullivan of the*New York Times.*(We’re assuming it’s the 1979 book*Black Holes: The Edge of Space, the End of Time.) When presented with the options, Carter said he was “partial to the gamma-ray thing because of this connection with the black-hole problem.”

Carter was a physicist, of course.