Interested in the history of science? This week in science history features the discovery of a life-sustaining element, as well as the founding of America's space agency--and the birthday of one of its most celebrated astronauts.
Check out the slideshow below to relive these and other landmark events.
ALSO ON HUFFPOST:
The Huffington Post’s Weird News email delivers unbelievably strange, yet absolutely true news once a week straight to your inbox. Learn more