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When were the original aquaducts created?

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“Astronauts will have to wait until next year before flying to the moon and at least two years before landing on it, under the latest round of delays announced by NASA on Tuesday. The space agency had planned to send four astronauts around the moon late this year, but pushed the flight to September 2025. The first human moon landing in more than 50 years also got bumped, from 2025 to September 2026. NASA cited safety concerns with its own spacecraft, as well as development issues with the moonsuits and landers coming from private industry.”

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The answer: The first aqueduct was erected in 312 BC

The answer: The first aqueduct was erected in 312 BC

According to the National Library of Medicine webpage: “The first aqueduct was the Aqua Appia, erected in 312 BC by the censor Appius Claudius Caecus (c. 340 to 273 BC). During the Republican period, three more aqueducts were built: the Anio Vetus (272 to 269 BC), Aqua Marcia (144 to 140 BC), and Aqua Tepula (126 to 125 BC) (Bruun 2013, 298).”

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