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This Happened

This Happened — May 1: Fatal Crash Of A Formula 1 Legend

Ayrton Senna died on this day in 1994, in car crash during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.

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Who was Ayrton Senna?

Ayrton Senna was a Brazilian Formula One racing driver who is widely considered to be one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. He won three Formula One World Championships for McLaren in 1988, 1990 and 1991 and was known for his exceptional speed and skill on the track.

What happened during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola?

During the qualifying session for the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at Imola, Ayrton Senna's car went off the track and hit a wall at high speed. He suffered a fatal head injury as a result of the crash.

What caused Ayrton Senna's fatal crash?

The exact cause of Ayrton Senna's fatal crash has been the subject of much debate and investigation. The official report concluded that a combination of factors, including the design of the steering column and the suspension system of Senna's car, as well as the characteristics of the track at Imola, contributed to the accident.

What is Ayrton Senna's legacy?

Ayrton Senna's legacy as one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One is undisputed. He won 41 Grand Prix races and three World Championships during his career, and his skill, speed, and dedication to the sport have inspired countless racing fans and drivers around the world. His tragic death also led to important safety improvements in the sport, including changes to the design of cars and tracks, and a renewed focus on driver safety.

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Migrant Lives

They Migrated From Chiapas When Opportunities Dried Up, Orchids Brought Them Home

An orchid rehabilitation project is turning a small Mexican community into a tourist magnet — and attracting far-flung locals back to their hometown.

They Migrated From Chiapas When Opportunities Dried Up, Orchids Brought Them Home

Marcos Aguilar Pérez takes care of orchids rescued from the rainforest in his backyard in Santa Rita Las Flores, Mapastepec, Chiapas, Mexico.

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Adriana Alcázar González

MAPASTEPEC — Sweat cascades down Candelaria Salas Gómez’s forehead as she separates the bulbs of one of the orchids she and the other members of the Santa Rita Las Flores Community Ecotourism group have rescued from the rainforest. The group houses and protects over 1,000 orchids recovered from El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, in the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas, after powerful storms.

“When the storms and heavy rains end, we climb to the vicinity of the mountains and collect the orchids that have fallen from the trees. We bring them to Santa Rita, care for them, and build their strength to reintegrate them into the reserve later,” says Salas Gómez, 32, as she attaches an orchid to a clay base to help it recover.

Like magnets, the orchids of Santa Rita have exerted a pull on those who have migrated from the area due to lack of opportunity. After years away from home, Salas Gómez was one of those who returned, attracted by the community venture to rescue these flowers and exhibit them as a tourist attraction, which provides residents with an adequate income.

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