Tag Archives: NASA

  • Judy’s Tech News Digest

    Surface Prices Drop The Microsoft Store is permanently reducing the cost of the Touch Cover by $40 to $79.99.  The Surface RT bundle, which includes a black Touch Cover and the Surface RT, will also see a $50 price drop.  The Surface RT bundle will be priced at $399 for a 32GB device and $499 […]

  • Ringtones for Space Geeks

    NASA has a webpage that lists free ringtones for many of the memorable moments in U.S. space history including snippets from President John F. Kennedy speech announcing the race to the Moon, Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon, Sally Ride’s take on spaceflight and Apollo 13’s “Houston, we’ve had a problem” proclamation. Also included […]

  • Geek Fact for December 29th

    In 1987, Cosmonaut Yuri Romanenko ended his record 326 day mission orbiting the Earth in the Mir space station. Yuri Romanenko’s stay in space broke the previous Soviet record of 237 days and the U.S. space endurance record of 87 days. He held the record until 1995 when it was broken by Vladimir Titov and […]

  • Geek Fact for December 21st

    In 1968, Apollo 8 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew of Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and William Anders were the first people to ever leave the gravitational influence of the Earth and orbit another celestial body, the Moon. Learn more at http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/history/apollo/apollo-8/apollo-8.htm.

  • Geek Fact for December 18th

    In 1987, 
Larry Wall released the first version of Perl. Perl stands for Practical Extraction And Reporting Language. Working at NASA, Larry Wall designed it to serve as a general purpose Unix scripting language. Learn more at http://www.linuxtopia.org/Perl_Programming/pickingUpPerl_85.html.

  • Geek Fact for December 15th

    In 1965, Gemini 6 was launched and made the first rendezvous in space (with Gemini 7). This also marked the first time that four people were in space at the same time. Learn more at http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1965-104A.

  • Geek Fact for December 14th

    In 1962, Mariner 2 made the first flyby of another planet, Venus. Mariner 2 was a backup for the Mariner 1 mission. Mariner 1 failed shortly after launch to Venus. Learn more at http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1962-041A.

  • Geek Fact for December 4th

    In 1998, the Space Shuttle Endeavour was launched on the first mission to begin assembling the International Space Station (ISS). Two days later, the U.S.-built connecting node, Unity, was coupled with the Russian-built control module, Zarya, which means Sunrise, and the space station was a reality. Learn more at http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2008/12/dayintech_1204.

  • Geek Fact for December 2nd

    In 1993, 
NASA launched the Space Shuttle Endeavour with an IBM ThinkPad 750 on board. On a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, the crew used a notebook computer in space for the first time. The IBM ThinkPad 750 was used to observe color schematics and sketches of the telescope. Learn more at http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/space/space_thinkpad.html.

  • Geek Fact for October 29th

    In 1998, John Glenn returned to space at the age of 77. John Glenn first made history in 1962 as the first American to orbit the Earth. As a Payload Specialist on the Space Shuttle Discovery, he became the oldest person to fly in space and the only one to fly in both the Mercury […]

  • 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. Learn more at http://history.nasa.gov/sputnik/. In 1979, 
Hewlett-Packard released […]