Geek Facts for July 31st – PC-1 and the Moon


In 1980, 
Radio Shack introduced the TRS-80 Pocket Computer.

Manufactured by Sharp, the PC-1 featured a twenty-four character display, a QWERTY keyboard and 1.9 KB of programmable memory, all for $230.

Learn more at http://oldcomputers.net/trs80pc1.html.

In 1964, NASA’s space probe Ranger 7 transmitted the first photo of the Moon’s surface ever taken by a U.S. spacecraft.

The Ranger 7 spacecraft had six cameras on board. The cameras were basically the same with differences in exposure times, fields of view, lenses, and scan rates.

Learn more at http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/ranger.html.

In 1971, NASA astronaut Dave Scott became the first person to drive a vehicle on the Moon.

The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) was an electric vehicle designed to operate in the low-gravity vacuum of the Moon and to be capable of traversing the lunar surface, allowing the Apollo astronauts to extend the range of their surface extravehicular activities.

Learn more at http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/apollo_lrv.html.

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Judy Novotny

Judy is a computer veteran with 30 years of experience. She has owned everything from a TRS-80, Apple IIe and various Windows-based PCs. She is currently living in her Apple ecosystem at home consisting of an iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook, Apple TV, iPod nano and two Time Capsules. She is a fan of all things mobile since she got her first Palm Pilot in 1999. Check out her iPad app, Number Wizard, in the App Store. Follow her on Twitter @junovotech or at Junovo.com.