Geek Fact for February 13th


In 1923, Chuck Yeager was born.

On October 14th, 1947 he became the first person to attain supersonic flight when he flew the Bell XS-1 (named Glamorous Glennis) past the sound barrier.

Learn more at http://www.century-of-flight.net/Aviation%20history/jet%20age/top%20speed.htm

In 1980, Apollo Computer Inc. was incorporated.

Apollo made high-powered, self-contained computer workstations for scientists. HP acquired Apollo Computer Corporation of Massachusetts in 1989 for $476 million.

Learn more at http://www.hpmuseum.net/divisions.php?did=28

In 1997, Space Shuttle Discovery’s astronauts hauled the Hubble Space Telescope aboard to begin a $350 million refurbishment.

This was the 2nd repair mission. A device was installed to make Hubble able to see infrared light. Also installed was a stronger data recorder.

Learn more at http://library.thinkquest.org/CR0215468/hubble_telescope.htm

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