On this day in science history: 29 May

From the days of ancient technology to modern science - find out what happened on this day in the history of science.

29th May 2017
Norgay Tenzing and Edmund Hillary enjoying a snack on their return from the summit © Keystone/Getty Images

Norgay Tenzing and Edmund Hillary enjoying a snack on their return from the summit © Keystone/Getty Images

1953 – First ascent of Everest

Tenzing Norgay at the summit of Everest. Hillary took the famous photo of Tenzing posing with his ice-axe, but when Tenzing offered to take Hillary's photograph Hillary declined © Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images
Tenzing Norgay at the summit of Everest. Hillary took the famous photo of Tenzing posing with his ice-axe, but when Tenzing offered to take Hillary's photograph Hillary declined © Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images

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.

On History Extra: Stunning pictures from the 1953 British Everest expedition

1999 – Space Shuttle Discovery docks with the ISS

The crew of STS-96 © Nasa/Getty Images
The crew of STS-96 © Nasa/Getty Images

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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