In 1610 Galileo Galilei published a book telling about his discovery. This discovery proved Nicholas Copernicus's hypothesis that not all bodies in the solar system orbit the sun.
On February 20, 1986, the USSR launched the space station Mir. It was in orbit for about fifteen years before crashed into the South Pacific Ocean on March 23, 2001. Astronaut Anatoly Solovyev lived on the station for 651 days managing Americans.
The Roman Catholic Church Admits that Galileo was Right
On November 20, 1998, Zarya, the first International Space Station module was set into orbit. Later, Zarya, would become one small part of what we now call the International Space Station and would be simply used as storage.
Unity is Added to the International Space Station
On December 4, 1998, Unity was added to the International Space Station. It was the first American module, since Zarya, was Russian.
On February 1, 2003, while entering Earth's atmosphere, the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated killing all seven crew members. This event was caused by insulation breaking off and the shuttle becoming overheated.