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Amazing Facts - April 28

April 28 2008
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April 28, 1914 was patented the first air conditioner. This was done in the U.S., however, the term "air conditioning" was first used only in 1815, when Jeanne Shabannes received a British patent for a method of "air-conditioning and temperature control in homes and other buildings .

In selling such devices appeared much later. Despite the existence of many independent creators machines for cooling air conditioner is considered the inventor Willis Carrier, who in 1902 developed the basic principles of modern processes of air-conditioning and built the world's first air conditioning with climate control functions, which is set in a printing house in Brooklyn, New York.

April 28, 2001 took flight first space tourist - American Dennis Tito. This is a multimillionaire businessman and Italian descent was born on August 8, 1940 in New York.

Since 1963, Tito worked as an engineer in aerospace engineering at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and was engaged in the calculation of flight trajectories of interplanetary probes. Next space tourist has participated in the flight program of automatic stations to Mars and Venus. In 1972, in Santa Monica, Calif., Tito founded his own firm to provide services in management and technology investment.

As a space tourist to fly to Mir Tito was selected in 2000. From August to November 2000 held a training course in RGNII CPC program of space flight participant, however, November 19, 2000 Tito broke his training - in connection with the decision taken by the Russian Government about the sinking of the Mir station. December 28, 2000 decision GMVK Tito was included in the main crew of the first Russian expedition visited the ISS - along with T. Musabaev Baturin and Yu. January 30, 2001 signed a contract for the flight to the ISS with Rosaviakosmos.

From April 28 to May 6, 2001 Dennis Tito, took part in a space flight program for the VC-1 on the Soyuz TM-32 (start) and "Soyuz TM-31" (landing) visited the International Space Station. Station tourist took seven kilograms of luggage: nine CDs (including an anthology of the Beatles and the collection of Italian music), three cameras, two handles and a voice recorder. The duration of flight of the first space tourist, was 7 days 22 hours 4 minutes 8 seconds. During his journey Tito paid 20 million dollars.

Release prepared by Max K * - based on encyclopedias and other public sources.

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