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1997 An unmanned Russian freighter spacecraft collides with Mir; one of the space station’s modules is left permanently depressurised and its solar panels have to be removed with a fire axe
- 1894 Birth of Hermann Oberth, the pioneer of rocket propulsion
- 1907 Birth of J Hans D Jensen, who shared the 1963 Nobel Prize with Maria Göppert-Mayer for their nuclear shell model of the atomic nucleus
- 1928 Birth of Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, who was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize, with Vitaly Ginzburg and Anthony James Leggett, for their “pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids"
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