As you know, the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur
made their historic first flight of a soon-to-be-called
"airplane" in 1903. We might also mention that a man
called George Cayley and another, Otto Lilienthal, were
instrumental in this because of their work with gliders
during the mid-to-late 19th century.

Also, honorable mention goes to Samuel Langley for
almost but not quite beating the Wright Brothers to
world fame and renown. One reason the Wrights beat
him is that they invented "ailerons," movable wingtips
that enabled the pilot to control the plane. They also
designed new engines of unprecedented lightness for
the power they could deliver.

Some pretty cool bike repairmen, eh?

Anyway, did you know?

That very same year, 1903, oddly enough was the year
that space flight began to receive true scientific attention.

In 1903, the Russian physicist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
began a series of articles for an aviation magazine in
which he went into the theory of rocketry quite thoroughly.
He wrote of space suits, satellites, and the colonization
of the solar system. He was the first to suggest the
possibility of a space station.

One hundred years ago... TODAY.

happy days and...
starry starry nights!