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Geek Facts for September 18th – The First Latin American Astronaut, a Workstation and a Handheld Computer

In 1980, Cuban Arnaldo Tamayo-Mendez became the first person of color sent into space. Tamayo-Mendez, also the first Latin American in space, was an astronaut aboard Soyuz 38, which docked with Salyut-6 for eight days, starting on September 19th and returned to Earth on September …

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Geek Facts for September 17th – The Space Shuttle and a Couple of Handheld Computers

In 1976, NASA unveiled the first Space Shuttle, the Enterprise. The shuttle was originally called Constitution. A write-in campaign by “Star Trek” enthusiasts urged President Gerald Ford to go with Enterprise and, as a result, the name was changed. The Enterprise was a test vehicle …

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Geek Fact for September 16th

In 2011, NASA scientists announced the discovery of a circumbinary planet, a planet the orbits two stars. Known as Kepler-16b, it is located 200 light-years from Earth. Previous research had hinted at the existence of circumbinary planets. Learn more at http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/15sep_doublesuns/.

Geek Fact for September 14th

In 1939, the Vought-Sikorsky VS-300 became the first practical helicopter to ever successfully lift off. Designer Igor Sikorsky piloted the vehicle as it lifted off the ground to an altitude of roughly three feet for a duration of about ten seconds. Learn more at http://www.aviastar.org/helicopters_eng/sik_vs-300.php.

Geek Fact for September 8th

In 1930, 3M began marketing Scotch transparent tape. Richard Drew invented Scotch® Cellulose Tape, later renamed Cellophane Tape. The tape helped people “make do” during the Great Depression since they could make simple repairs to household items. Learn more about tape at http://www.scotchbrand.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/ScotchBrand/Scotch/Resources/History/Timeline/.

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