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August 1st in Astronomy and Space Science
Birth1818American astronomer Maria Mitchell born. At age 29 she made the first telescopic discovery of a comet. She was voted the first woman member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of The Association for the Advancement of Science. She was the first professor of astronomy at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and the first director of the college's observatory.
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