Howard Dicus: Long after mankind has forgotten most of what we've mentioned on this program, the scientific events of 1993 will be remembered. A French team finished the first human genetic map, and the George Washington University team cloned a human embryo. Surgeons in Pittsburgh slightly extended the life of a hepatitis patient with the liver of a baboon. A professor at Princeton said he had proven Fermat's last theorem, solving a 350-year-old mathematical mystery. At year's end, the world's leading math wizards were still trying to figure out if Andrew Wiles' solution added up.
Astronauts put glasses on the blurry-eyed Hubble space telescope, but a Mars probe got lost in space.
Wes Huntress: “I wish we knew precisely what happened.”
Howard Dicus: NASA's Wes Huntress.
Wes Huntress: “I mean, we have several theories about what the possibilities are; but we haven't been able to confirm any of them. To confirm them would require that we reestablish communications with the spacecraft.”
Howard Dicus: Congress killed plans for the world's largest atom smasher, leaving Texas with a $2 billion hole in the ground.