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2014 - SpaceShipTwo VSS Enterprise suffered an in-flight breakup during a powered flight test. The co-pilot, Michael Alsbury was unable to parachute to safety and was found dead still strapped to his seat in the fusilage.

2000 - International Space Station Expedition One launches aboard a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition Commander William Shepherd (Capt., USN), Soyuz Commander Yuri Gidzenko (Lt. Col., Russian Air Force) and Russian Flight Engineer Sergei Krikalev will dock to the ISS two days later to begin a pioneering four-month mission to prepare the facility for future scientific research. NASA Press Kit

1992 - The Vatican (Pope John Paul 11) announces that the Catholic Church erred in condemning Galileo's beliefs that the Earth was not the center of the universe.

Galileo Galilei, vindicated.
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