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Geek Fact for November 1st

In 1962, the Soviet space probe Mars 1 was launched. Mars 1 was the first attempt to probe Mars. Unfortunately, contact was lost with the spacecraft 60 million miles en route to Mars. Learn more at http://www.spacetoday.org/SolSys/Mars/MarsExploration/MarsProbesPast.html.

Geek Fact for October 26th

In 1966, the first Pacific communications satellite, Intelsat 2, was launched. Launched for placement above the Pacific, Intelsat 2 failed to achieve synchronous orbit. Despite this, it was used to transmit live television and other communications traffic. Learn more at http://www.boeing.com/defense-space/space/bss/factsheets/376/intelsat_ii/intelsat_ii.html.

Geek Fact for October 25th

In 1955
, Tappan introduced the first domestic microwave oven. Priced at $1,295, the microwave oven had a stainless-steel exterior , an aluminum oven cavity with a glass shelf and two cooking speeds (500 or 800 watts). Learn more at http://www.enotes.com/microwave-oven-reference/microwave-oven-178049.

Geek Fact for October 20th

In 1906, 
Dr. Lee DeForest announced his three-element electrical vacuum tube. Later known as the triode, it ushered in a new age of electronics through its use in the amplification of electrical signals. Learn more at http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Lee_De_Forest.

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