Events Nominees

by Chris Carosa

Did you ever have this feeling?

Time freezes. No matter where you are, there you are. All other actions flow back to a single instant that becomes a new benchmark, a new standard…

…at least until the next one.

When an incident defines an age, represents a significant turning point or marks an inspirational theme, the moment stands at a halt, a still-life image forever etched in our collective cultural conscious. Each of these nominations represents a unique event that shall endure the ravages of time.

The Original Nominations

The following candidates were nominated under the Events category. Highlighted candidates have a separate description page already posted to this site. To view any highlighted nominees, place your cursor anywhere over the text of the nominee and click (pop-ups must be enabled on your browser):

The Star of Bethlehem (7-4BC)
Halley’s Coment and The Battle of Hastings (1066AD)
Michelson-Morley Experiment (1887)
Tunguska Event (Siberian Comet – 1908)
Solar Eclipse of 1919
World’s First Liquid-Propellant Rocket (3/16/1926)
Sputnik (USSR Launch – 1957)
The Space Race (1957-1969)
Yuri Gagarin’s First Manned Space Flight (1961)
Alan Shepard’s First Mercury Space Flight (1961)
Apollo 7 transmits first live TV broadcast from manned U.S. spacecraft (10/14/1968)
Man on the Moon (Apollo XI – 1969)
“Houston, we’ve had a problem”/“Failure is Not an Option” (Apollo XIII – 1970)

Not all the nominees made the top 100. Still, we’ve tried to include a short write-up on each of them. Any nominee that finished in the top 100 greatest images and imaginations in astronomy and space exploration will have its rank listed in the upper left hand corner of the specific page devoted to that nominee.

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