Ascension Islands in History

Historical Events

  • 1501-05-20 Portuguese explorer João da Nova Castell discovers the Ascension Islands
  • 1783-12-01 Jacques Charles and Nicolas Roberts make first untethered ascension with gas hydrogen balloon in Paris

Historic Event

1836-07-19 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin arrives in Ascension Island

  • 1966-02-05 BBC opens a relay radio station on Ascension Island
  • 1989-09-30 NASA closes down tracking stations in Hawaii & Ascension