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Space History for November 25

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Died, Ismael Boulliau, French astronomer (suggested gravity follows an inverse-square law in 1640)

J. C. Watson discovered asteroid #128 Nemesis.

A. Charlois discovered asteroid #346 Hermentaria.

The first radio set advertised for sale (Telimco for $8.50 in Scientific American) "guaranteed to receive signals up to one mile."

Died, Robert S. Ball, Irish mathematician (screw theory), astronomer (tides, Royal Astronomer of Ireland)

Albert Einstein presented the gravitational field equations of general relativity to the Prussian Academy of Sciences.

G. Van Biesbroeck discovered asteroid #3378.

Born, Poul [William] Anderson, American science fiction author (Tales of the Flying Mountains, Tau Zero), strongly believed human liberty & expansion to space are connected, 7 Hugo & 3 Nebula awards

L. Boyer discovered asteroids #1295 Deflotte and #1296 Andree.

The first Soviet liquid fuel rocket, GIRD-X, attained an altitude of 80 meters (260 feet).

Born, Reinhard Alfred Furrer PhD (at Woergl, Austria), German payload specialist astronaut (STS 61-D; nearly 7d 0.75h in spaceflight) (deceased)

German astronaut Reinhard Furrer PhD, NASA photo S84-47033 (13 December 1984)
Source: Wikipedia ( unavailable November 2019)

Died, Henri Coanda, Romanian inventor, aerodynamics pioneer, father of modern jet aircraft

Henri Marie Coanda (7 June 1886 - 25 November 1972) was a Romanian inventor, aerodynamics pioneer and the parent of the modern jet aircraft.

With the support of engineer Gustave Eiffel and aeronautical pioneer Paul Painleve, he began experimenting the aerodynamic techniques: one of this experiments was mounting a device on a train running at 90 km/hour so he could analyze the aerodynamic behavior. Another experiment used a wind tunnel with smoke and an aerodynamical balance to profile wings to be used in designing aircraft. This led to the discovery of the aerodynamic effect now known as the Coanda Effect.

In 1910, using the workshop of Joachim Caproni, he designed, built and piloted the first 'thermojet' powered aircraft, known as the Coanda-1910, which he demonstrated publicly at the second International Aeronautic Salon in Paris. The powerplant used a 4-cylinder piston engine to power a compressor, which fed to two burners for thrust, instead of using a propeller.

Observed behavior of a Viking 1 radio signal from Mars was cited as evidence in support of Einstein's general theory of relativity.

Z. Vavrova discovered asteroid #3628.

The center-to-center distance between the Earth and Moon will be 356,445 km, less than 356,500 km for the first time in the twenty-first century.

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