Geek Facts for October 7th – Palm and the Far Side of the Moon


In 2002, Palm announced the Zire handheld computer.

Priced at just $99, it was considered to be an entry-level Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) and featured 2MB RAM, a 16MHz processor and a 160×160 pixel monochrome 1.9-inch LCD screen.

Learn more at http://reviews.cnet.com/tablets/palm-zire/4505-3126_7-20489893.html.

In 1959, 
U.S.S.R. probe Luna 3 transmitted the first photographs ever taken of the far side of the Moon.

The Luna 3’s camera was fixed in the spacecraft. Pointing was achieved by rotating the probe, the camera cover opened and photography automatically started once a photocell detected the Moon.

Learn more at http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1959-008A.

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