Photograph courtesy NASA
U.S. space shuttle Discovery blasts off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, heading for the International Space Station. The world’s first reusable spacecraft, the space shuttle launches like a rocket, maneuvers in orbit like a spacecraft, and lands like an airplane. There are three shuttles now in operation: Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour.
March 18, 1987: Woodstock for Physicists
1987: Thousands of physicists crowd a ballroom at the New York Hilton for a hastily arranged marathon session on high-temperature superconductivity. The event generates so much excitement that it is later referred to as the “Woodstock of Physics.”