Inventor of Machine-Gun died in 1916
机关枪之父逝世
   2006-11-24 11:50:18       CRIENGLISH.com

Thought for Today:

The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.
政治的最终解决办法总是拿起枪。

Today's Highlight in History:

1916: Inventor of Machine-Gun Hiram S. Maxim died on November 24 at the age of 76. In 1885 he demonstrated the world's first automatic portable machine-gun to the British Army. Maxim used the energy of each bullet's recoil force to eject the spent cartridge and insert the next bullet. The Maxim Machine-Gun would therefore fire until the entire belt of bullets was used up. Trials showed that the machine-gun could fire 500 rounds per minute and therefore had the firepower of about 100 rifles.
1916年11月24日,机关枪发明者海勒姆·马克沁逝世,享年76岁。1885年,他向英国军队展示了世界上第一支便携式自动机关枪。马克沁利用每枚子弹的后座力弹出废弹并压进新弹。因此这种枪可以持续发弹,直到一整带子弹都发射完毕。实验显示,这种枪每分钟可发500带子弹,因此火力相当于100只步枪。

1969: Apollo 12 returned to earth on November 24. Apollo 12 was the second mission in which humans walked on the lunar surface and returned to Earth. On 19 November two astronauts (Apollo 12 Commander Charles P. "Pete" Conrad and LM Pilot Alan L. Bean) landed on the Moon in the Lunar Module (LM). During their stay on the Moon, the astronauts set up scientific experiments, took photographs, examined the nearby Surveyor 3 spacecraft which had landed on the Moon 2 1/2 years earlier and removed pieces for later examination on Earth, and collected lunar samples on two moonwalk EVA's.
1969年11月24日,阿波罗12号返回地球。阿波罗12是人类第二次成功登陆月球的旅行。11月19日,小查尔斯·康拉德和阿兰·F·比恩两名宇航员乘坐月球舱抵达月球。在月球停留期间,宇航员们进行了科学实验、拍照片、检查了两年半前留在月球上的观察者3号航天飞船,并搜集了一些碎片以备返回地球后研究、采集了大量的月球标本。



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