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How large was Ross's telescope?

In 1845, the third Earl of Ross, a wealthy amateur astronomer, built the world's largest telescope on his Ireland estate. The earl's reflecting telescope had a 72-inch metal mirror, and was suspended between two ivy-covered stone walls.

What became of the first animal in space?

Launched in Sputnik II, Laika, a female Samoyed, became the first animal in space on November 3, 1957. She died when her oxygen supply was exhausted, and her capsule incinerated on reentry to the earth's atmosphere.

When did Robin first hook up with Batman?

Batman's adventures softened in Detective Comics #38 in 1940 with the introduction of Dick Grayson/Robin (named after Robin Hood) based on co-creator Finger's suggestion that Batman needed a "Watson." Kane, partly inspired by the Junior character ...