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On December 10, 911, Calbraith Perry Rodgers successfully landed the Wright EX Vin Fiz in Pasadena, CA after his 49-day transcontinental flight. He left from Sheepshead Bay, New York, on September 17, 1911 and had hoped to complete the coast to coast trip in 30 days or less to win a $50,000 prize announced by William Randolph Hearst.
When it comes to creating a picture of the Earth's magnetic history, scientists have pretty good data on the strength and direction of magnetic fields in the Northern Hemisphere, thanks to the study of ancient pottery. But, for researchers looking to make a truly complete model, the problem has been the gaps in information in the southwest Pacific.
"Fifi," the last flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress, has been grounded because of engine failure. The plane traveled regularly for appearances and at airshows and museums. A crowd-funded campaign has begun, in hopes of raising the $250,000 necessary to put Fifi back in flight.
One billion years is a span of time that's almost impossible for humans to conceive of: our civilization is only a few thousand years old, and we'll be lucky if we see another few thousand into the future. With that in mind, a team of artists is sending a special time capsule into space, where it should last until the sun eats it.
When Sony and Phillips ushered in the birth of the compact disc thirty years ago, the world was a very different place. The country where the first CD was pressed was called West Germany, and the world somehow entertained itself without Super Mario Brothers or Reddit.