Geek Facts for October 4th – Sputnik, HP and Palm

In 1957, the Space Age began when Russia launched Sputnik I into Earth orbit.

Sputnik I was the world’s first artificial satellite. It was about the size of a beach ball and weighed only 183.9 lbs. (83.6 kg.). It took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth.

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In 1979, 
Hewlett-Packard released its first programmable calculator, the HP-41c.

It was the first calculator to feature an alphanumeric display, which will revolutionize the way calculators are used. Seven Space Shuttle mission were equipped with an HP-41c for making re-entry calculations in an emergency.

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In 1999, Palm Computing released the Palm Vx handheld computer.

The personal digital assistant benefited from the sleek design and low weight of its predecessor, the Palm V, while increasing the available storage for 2 MB to 8 MB. It is one of the lightest models ever offered by Palm and sold for $299.

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