October 2012

Geek Fact for October 31st

In 1956, George Dufek became the first American to land by air at the South Pole. Admiral George J. Dufek of the US Navy landed at the South Pole in an R4D-5L Skytrain (C-47 Skytrain) aircraft. Learn more at http://www.eoearth.org/article/South_Pole?topic=49460.

Geek Fact for October 26th

In 1966, the first Pacific communications satellite, Intelsat 2, was launched. Launched for placement above the Pacific, Intelsat 2 failed to achieve synchronous orbit. Despite this, it was used to transmit live television and other communications traffic. Learn more at http://www.boeing.com/defense-space/space/bss/factsheets/376/intelsat_ii/intelsat_ii.html.

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