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On 26 April 1986, one of the most damaging nuclear disasters in history occurred in Ukraine. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster, despite having happened 33 years ago, continues to affect our environment dramatically. What began as a simple safety test of the plant would escalate into a nuclear event that would shape the global landscape for a generation. With enormous scientific, legislative and cultural impact, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster is one of the most prominent events in modern history. Upon closer inspection, one can investigate the not only scientific, but historical and political forces at play during and following the disaster, involving an estimated 600,000 people at the time.

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NASA’s Project Gemini, which launched twelve spacecraft into Earth’s orbit between April 1964 and November 1966, was an intermediate step in the Apollo program’s ultimate goal of achieving a moon landing. The information and experience gained from the Gemini missions was vital for the success of future Apollo missions.