It happened on JULY 17

Georges Eduard Lemaître was born in Charleroi (Belgium). A priest, astrophysicist, and cosmologist, in 1933 he formulated his “hypothesis of the primeval atom.” It constituted an early version of what later came to be called the Big Bang theory. He was president of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

The French mathematician and philosopher Jules Henri Poincaré died in Paris. His fields were analytical mechanics, algebra, and electrodynamics. He anticipated the formulation of four-dimensional space that Minkowski employed as a metric for restricted relativity. Among his epistemological works was The Value of Science (1905). Several important considerations concerning the mathematical unpredictability of certain physical phenomena, which led to contemporary reflections on complexity, are owed to Poincaré.

On the way to the Moon: memories and documents 50 years later

The Descent of Man on the Moon: Some Historical Images

D. F. Noble, The Ascent of the Saints: Space Exploration (1997)

Von Braun said: "Human space travel is God's will", from an interview by Oriana Fallaci (1965)

Paul VI, General Audience, 23 July 1969

Paul VI, Message delivered to the Astronauts of Apollo 11, July 1969

Jacques Arnould, Astronautics, from INTERS Encyclopedia

Giuseppe Reibaldi, Next Stop in Space: the Moon (2019)

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