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Robert Wilson and Arno Penzias
Robert Wilson, left, and Arno Penzias stand in front of the Bell Labs horn radio antenna in Crawford Hill, N.J., where they discovered cosmic background radiation confirming the Big Bang.

January 10

2016 - Died: David Bowie, Cultural Starman. "Ashes to ashes, dust to stardust. Your brilliance inspired us all. Goodbye Starman." -- Commander Chris Hadfield


Commander Chris Hadfield performs Space Oddity aboard ISS.

1969 - Venera 6 (USSR) launched. It arrived at Venus on May 17, 1969. This atmospheric probe returned data down to within 11km of the surface before being crushed by the pressure on Venus.

1962 - NASA announces plans to build the C-5 rocket launch vehicle. It became better known as the Saturn V Moon rocket, which launched every Apollo Moon mission. 1946 - The US Army's Signal Corps successfully bounces the first radar waves off the Moon.

1936 - Robert W. Wilson's birthday, co-discoverer with Arno Penzias of the cosmic microwave (3 degree) background and 1978 Physics Nobel Laureate winners for their 1965 detection of long-wavelength, low-temperature radio emissions coming from the entire universe. Their measurements of the wavelength of the background radiation corresponded with the theorists' predictions. This result supports the big bang theory, which describes an explosion that gave rise to all the matter and radiation in the universe. 
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