Isaac Newton is responsible for all sorts of brilliant scientific achievements: discovering calculus, developing the three laws of motion, maintaining immaculately curled hair — the list goes on. But gravity is his biggest claim to eternal fame. In 2010 (368 years after his December 25, 1642 birth), astronauts paid an unlikely and touching tribute to the man that laid down the foundations that made space travel possible.
Field Trip to Space
Wood You Believe It?
See Isaac Newton's Artifacts at the Royal Society
Key Facts In This Video
From 1703 to 1727, Isaac Newton was president of The Royal Society. 00:01
A contemporary of Isaac Newton wrote stories about his life, including the famous tale of Newton watching the apple fall from the tree. 01:03
A piece of wood from the tree that inspired Isaac Newton to theorize gravity went into space. 03:01
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