Geek Facts for September 29th – The First Word and Snow on Mars


In 1983, 
Microsoft released a word processor called Word for MS-DOS 1.00.

Microsoft provided a free demonstration copy with every copy of PC World magazine. It’s the first time that a magazine included a floppy disk.

Learn more about Microsoft’s history at http://www.brighthub.com/computing/windows-platform/articles/45030.aspx.

In 2008, NASA announced that the Mars probe, Phoenix, had detected snow falling in the planet’s cloud cover.

Phoenix also detected the presence of two minerals known to be formed in liquid water.

Learn more at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/phoenix/news/phoenix-20080929.html.

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