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This Space Survival Kit Has Everything A Stranded Cosmonaut Needs

While it took the engineering expertise of hundreds of engineers, scientists, and pilots to ensure that Russian cosmonauts could survive space itself, landing back on Earth didn’t always mean they were out of danger. Unlike their Apollo mission counterparts, who touched down in the ocean and were picked up via …

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An Ocularist’s Glass Eyeball Collection

The first prosthetic eye is estimated to have been produced in the 29th-century B.C. The eye belonged to a woman in what is now Iran. Historians believe it was made using a waterproof paste, then covered in gold and engraved with a sunlike iris. Golden thread held the crude eye …

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The 17th-Century Plan To Trade With Aliens On The Moon

Oliver Cromwell is one of the most controversial figures in the history of Britain. Following the English Civil War and the execution of King Charles I, he established himself as Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland. All of this is well-recorded and still much-debated by historians, …

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