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Apollo 9 Safely Returns to Earth

Apollo 9 was the third manned mission in the Apollo program and consisted of a 10-day earth-orbital mission. It was the second manned flight of the Saturn V launch vehicle and the first manned flight of the Apollo Lunar Module. During the mission, crew members tested a new spacesuit, which was the first to possess its own life support system. This meant that astronauts no longer had to rely on an umbilical connection to the spacecraft. Why did the crew name their command module "Gumdrop"?

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The Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered cloth that chronicles the Norman invasion of England in 1066. Annotated in Latin, the 230-ft (70-m) long tapestry focuses on the Norman leader, William the Conqueror, and his victory over the English. It presents a singular visual document of medieval arms, apparel, and other objects from the period, however, its origins and depictions have been subject to much speculation. What are some of the mysteries associated with the tapestry?

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L. Ron Hubbard

American science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard founded the Church of Scientology in the early 1950s. The church's teachings are based on Hubbard's philosophy of Dianetics, which utilizes a process called "auditing" to free a person's spirit from the psychological burdens that interfere with happiness and self-realization. Both the religion and Hubbard remain the subjects of controversy and investigation. Why do some suspect that Hubbard founded Scientology as part of a money-making scheme?

Last updated on Friday, 13th March 2009

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