Norgay Tenzing and Edmund Hillary enjoying a snack on their return from the summit © Keystone/Getty Images
1953 – First ascent of Everest
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach summit of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest.
Hillary, a mountaineer from New Zealand, and Norgay, a Nepalese Sherpa, remained at the summit for 15 minutes, before departing due to being low on oxygen. Hillary photographed the scenery, whilst Norgay buried sweets and biscuits in the snow as an offering to Buddhist gods.
1999 – Space Shuttle Discovery docks with the ISS
The Space Shuttle mission STS-96, flown by the Space Shuttle Discovery becomes first shuttle to dock with the International Space Station.
The objective of the mission was to transport 1,600kg of supplies to the ISS, including clothing, sleeping bags, spare parts and medical equipment. The crew also performed the 45th spacewalk which, at 7 hours 55 minutes, is the second-longest ever conducted.
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