Category: History

Inuit folklore kept alive story of missing Franklin expedition to north-west passage

Inuit folklore kept alive story of missing Franklin expedition to north-west passage

William Barr / The Conversation/Via Ancient-Origins On September 6, Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, announced that one of the fabled lost ships of Sir John Franklin’s expedition had been found off Hat Island, south-west of King William Island. The ships HMS Erebus and Terror, which sailed from England in the summer of 1845, were aiming to chart the north-west passage. […]

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Soviet-era Cosmonaut Anatoly Berezovoy, Salyut Space Station Commander, Dies at 72

Soviet-era Cosmonaut Anatoly Berezovoy, Salyut Space Station Commander, Dies at 72

Via Space.com Soviet-era cosmonaut Anatoly Berezovoy, who led the first expedition on board Russia’s final  Salyut space station, died Saturday (Sept. 20). He was 72.”[Anatoly Berezovoy] was a member of a legendary generation of cosmonauts, a man of great will and courage, [and] a top-class professional who did so much for the development of cosmonautics and major research projects,” said Oleg Ostapenko, […]

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Transcript of Apollo 13’s chilling SOS up for sale

Transcript of Apollo 13’s chilling SOS up for sale

Via Daily Mail A rare transcript of the conversation between NASA’s mission control and the ill-fated crew of the Apollo 13, including the famous line ‘Houston, we’ve had a problem’, has been put up for sale. Every last word transmitted between the moon landing mission and ground control in the U.S. was recorded for use by journalists covering the six-day […]

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Fickle ice may explain Franklin ghost ship mystery

Fickle ice may explain Franklin ghost ship mystery

Via Toronto Star Search for HMS Erebus and HMS Terror widens, based on old Inuit tales of a ship drifting far from doomed expedition’s last anchorage. ABOARD CCGS SIR WILFRID LAURIER—One of the many mysteries of the lost Franklin expedition is the story of a three-masted ghost ship that Inuit hunters saw drifting southward in deadly silence. Before the last of […]

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Soviet dog spacesuit to be auctioned

Soviet dog spacesuit to be auctioned

Via Daily Mail It’s not unusual for some people to dress up their dogs in attention-grabbing coats and even miniature tutus. But any prized pup that wears an authentic spacesuit is very likely to be the best dressed canine at any dog show. Dog lovers will get the chance to buy just the outfit, because a genuine 1950s spacesuit will be […]

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The sacred and magical sistrum of ancient Egypt

The sacred and magical sistrum of ancient Egypt

Via Ancient-Origins The sistrum was one of the most sacred musical instruments in ancient Egypt and was believed to hold powerful magical properties. It was used in the worship of the goddess Hathor, mythological character of joy, festivity, fertility, eroticism and dance. It was also shaken to avert the flooding of the Nile and to frighten away Seth, the god […]

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Rare color footage of first spacewalk, Alexei Leonov, 1965

Rare color footage of first spacewalk, Alexei Leonov, 1965

VIDEO ip0onfire  description: Was looking through some archival footage and found this gem.   Taken from “The Moon” (original Russian title ЛУНА, 1965):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT1s5…

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The Mystic Cannibal Monks of India

The Mystic Cannibal Monks of India

By Brent Swancer/Mysterious Universe Throughout human history there have been a myriad of cults and religious sects that have to varying degrees inspired curiosity, wonder, bafflement, and even fear or disgust. Whether it is from their bizarre practices, disturbing rituals, or extreme fringe beliefs, some of these groups have long exuded an inscrutable sense of mystery and menace to outsiders. […]

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The spaceship that stayed home: the storied career of the shuttle “Enterprise.”

The spaceship that stayed home: the storied career of the shuttle “Enterprise.”

By Sean Munger

Thirty-seven years ago today, on August 12, 1977, a flight of an experimental aircraft occurred over the California desert near Edwards Air Force Base. The pilot’s name was Joe Engle, the flight lasted 5 minutes and 21 seconds, and the craft wound up on a dry lake bed. Though not very long in duration, this flight was pretty historic: it […]

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They called him the “Dreamer” – the life (and death) of an Apache medicine man!

They called him the “Dreamer” – the life (and death) of an Apache medicine man!

By Robert Tilford/Ground Report I recently sat down with an elder of the White Mountain Apache tribe, who granted me permission to write about some of the more obscure aspects of Apache history around the turn of the twentieth century. Most of our conversations revolved around Geronimo, but we also discussed other famous Indian as wells. One in particular caught […]

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