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MAY 11

* President George Bush announced at Texas A&I University speech, "And 30 years from now (the year 2030) I believe man will stand on another planet (1990).

* Einstein presented his general Theory of Relativity (1916).

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MAY 12

* First nonstop balloon crossing of the U. S. (1980).

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MAY 13

* Royal Flying Corps (RAF) established in England (1912).

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MAY 14

* Postal Service issued Skylab Program commemorative stamp (1974).

* Truman signed bill establishing a rocket range at Cape Canaveral (1949).

* Skylab launched (1973).

* Full Earth D

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MAY 15

* Kepler wrote 3rd Law of Planetary Motion (1618).

* Last Mercury flight (Cooper, 1963).

* First flight of the Energia, Soviet super booster rocket (1987).

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MAY 16

* On May 16, 1990, a commercial launch services provider, Space Services, Inc., Houston, Texas, launched its Starfire rocket from the White Sands (New Mexico) Missile Range on a mission designated Consort 3 by its sponsor, the Consortium for Materials Development in Space (CMDS).

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MAY 17

* Max Valier is killed in Berlin when a steel-cased rocket motor, fueled by kerosene/water mix and liquid oxygen, exploded while he was testing it. Valier conceived of a rocket powered space shuttle years before one was built (1930).

* First observations of cloud belts on Jupiter (1630).

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MAY 18

* Apollo 10 launched (1969). The astronauts named their Command Module after the Charles Schultz comic strip character "Charlie Brown" and the lunar lander after his companion "Snoopy." Click here for more about Apollo 10.

* Mt. St. Helens volcano erupted (1980).

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MAY 19

* Near total darkness at noon over New England (1780). It was never scientifically explained. An eclipse? Photo at left was taken by Voyager 1 in 1977 after it was launched on its trip to Jupiter. Note the Earth and Moon.

* Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier (1953).

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MAY 20

* Charles Lindbergh with a full load of fuel took off on historic solo nonstop crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in his plane, "The Spirit of St. Louis" (1927).

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