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NASA Space Shuttle Program history [Repost]

While I’d earlier joked about President Nixon being responsible for giving the final go ahead for development of the space shuttle program in 1972, I thought I should put together…..

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Abridged history of Roatan, Honduras [Repost]

Before the fateful arrival of Christopher Columbus during his fourth voyage (1502-1504) when he visited the neighboring Bay Island of Guanaja the pre-Columbian indigenous peoples of Roatan are believed to…..

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Jemaa el-Fnaa: What’s in a Name? [Repost]

The Jemaa el-Fnaa is the central market place and square of the Old City in Marrakech’s medina quarter. While the true origin of its name remains unclear, translation of Jemaa…..

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Moroccan history: the Almohads [Repost]

Given how much I’ve written about their ruins, I thought I’d pay a little attention to the Dynasty responsible for settling one of our favourite parts of Morocco. Founded in…..

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International Space Station history [Repost]

Due to budget constraints experienced by NASA, the Russian RKA, the Japanese JAXA, the European ESA, and the Canadian ASC-CSA in the early 1990s their respective projects (the Japanese Kibo…..

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History of Athens, Greece [Repost]

With the oldest known human presence in Athens being the Cave of Schist dating somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BCE it has been continuously inhabited in some form…..

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Istanbul was Constantinople [Repost]

While the more common founding of the Doric colony of Byzantium by the Greek city-state of Megara in 660 BCE is typically cited as the original establishment of Istanbul, recent…..