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Chinese Man Was The World’s First Astronaut, According To An Ancient Legend

According to ancient legends, a Chinese man is the world’s first astronaut.

The travel into space through rockets is probably one of the most remarkable human inventions of all time. When people hear the term “space travel,” the countries that first come into their minds are Russia and the United States.

These countries were the first ones that successfully traveled into space more than five decades ago. However, an ancient legend suggests that the world’s first astronaut was actually a Chinese official named Wan Hu.

In 1961, the first man in space was a Russian named Yuri Gagarin.

In 1969, the first man on the Moon was an American named Neil Armstrong.

Modern science tales would say that the Russian man named Yuri Gagarin was the very first man in space in 1961. He was followed by Alan Shepard, an American astronaut, just less than a month later.

However, did you know that the very first attempt to travel into space was supposedly made in ancient China? According to legend, in the 16th century during the reign of the Ming Dynasty, a Chinese official attempted to fly to the moon by using a large wicker chair.

An early story of Wan Hu appeared in an article by John Watkins, which appeared in the magazine Scientific American.

Source: NASA

Attached to the chair were 47 large rockets, which were bamboo tubes filled with gunpowder. He had 47 assistants to light each rocket, NASA reported.

Upon the rocket’s attempted flight, however, there was a huge roar and bang, accompanied by thick clouds of smoke. When the smoke had cleared, there was no trace of Wan Hu.

This is a crater on the moon named Wan-Hoo, in memory of the ancient Chinese astronaut.

Source: Wikispaces

Another version of the story says that the rocket exploded, killing Wan Hu. Today, one crater on the far-side of the moon was named Wan-Hoo. Also, at the Yionang Satellite Center in China, a statue of Wan Hu was placed to further honor his memory.

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Netizens On Twitter Are Sharing Their Favorite Public Statues And Its Absolutely Epic

#8 is too cool!

Aside from being awesome pieces of art and history, statues can be fun, too, as one of our previous posts have demonstrated. And now we’re seeing that all over again in a new craze over at Twitter.

It all began when Matt Pearce, who works as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, asked: “What are your favorite public statues?” Netizens, mostly from the United States, responded eagerly and shared photos of various sculptures which ranged from moving and thought-provoking, to funny and silly.

LA Times reporter Matt Pearce recently posed this interesting question on Twitter:

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Lost WWII Warship USS Indianapolis Found After Sinking In The Pacific Ocean 72 Years Ago

The USS Indianapolis shipwreck has been finally found after seven decades.

The USS Indianapolis warship sank in the Pacific ocean after being struck by Japanese torpedoes during the World War II. However, for the past seven decades, its exact location remained a mystery, not until now.

A team of researchers has found the lost warship, which sank in the waning days of the World War II, at about 18,000 feet beneath the surface in the Philippine Sea.

The USS Indianapolis sank in the Pacific Ocean after being attacked by a Japanese submarine.

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10 Of The Scariest Accidents and Incidents Involving Airplanes

Your love for airplanes might start to diminish.

Everybody loves to ride an airplane. Well, who doesn’t really? You get to enjoy the view, and it’s the closest thing to flying. But no matter how breathtaking the experience can be, the reality is that accidents can happen anytime and plenty of people have already died in an airplane crash.

Ever since its conception in 1903 (thanks to the Wright brothers), humanity has learned to touch the sky. Unfortunately, a great number of incidents and accidents have also been recorded ever since.

In today’s list, we’ve compiled some of the scariest events in plane crash history. They’re so terrifying that they’re worth remembering....

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