Tag Archives: NASA

  • Geek Facts for October 1st – The First CD Player, IBM, Purdue and NASA

    In 1982, Sony launched the first consumer compact disc (CD) player in Japan. The CDP-101 was available in the US the following March for $1,000. A review in Stereophile magazine stated …some aspects of the sound I heard are quite unlike what most of us are familiar with from analog sources. The most immediately noticeable […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 that never reached space. Five space-ready orbiters joined the shuttle […]

  • Geek Facts for August 30th – The 1st African American in Space and 2 Office Versions

    In 1983, NASA Astronaut Guion S. Bluford Jr. became the first African American to go into space. Bluford’s first mission was as a Mission Specialist on STS-8. This was the first mission with a night launch and night landing. Bluford flew on four Shuttle missions before leaving NASA in 1993. Bluford logged over 688 hours […]

  • Neil Armstrong, the Ultimate Moonwalker

    I heard the news that Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, died today at the age of 82. I was twelve years old when he walked on the Moon. Things were pretty much black and white when you were a kid living in a middle class neighborhood in the ‘60s. The […]

  • Geek Fact for July 20th

    In 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the Moon. At 10:56 PM EDT, with more than half a billion people watching on television, Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder of the lunar module and proclaimed: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” He and Edwin “Buzz” […]

  • Geek Fact for March 11th

    In 1960, Pioneer 5 was launched into solar orbit between Earth and Venus. The spacecraft established a communications link with the Earth from a record distance of 22.5 million miles on June 26th, 1960, which was its last day of transmission. Learn more at http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1960-001A

  • Geek Fact for March 1st

    In 1924, Deke (Donald) Slayton, NASA 
astronaut and Chief of Flight Operations at Johnson Space Center, was born. Mr. Slayton was named one of the Mercury astronauts in 1959 and was originally scheduled to pilot the Mercury-Atlas 7 mission but was relieved of this assignment later that year due to a heart condition. In 1962, […]

  • Geek Fact for February 20th

    In 1962, John H.Glenn Jr., aboard Friendship 7, became the first American to orbit the Earth. An Atlas launch vehicle propelled a Mercury spacecraft into Earth orbit and enabled Glenn to circle Earth three times. The flight lasted a total of 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds before the Friendship 7 spacecraft splashed down […]

  • Geek Fact for February 14th

    In 1924, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) was founded by Thomas Watson. IBM’s predecessor was Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company, or C-T-R. Thomas Watson began expanding overseas—beyond the UK, Canada and Germany where its products were already sold—taking tiny C-T-R global. He renamed C-T-R with the more expansive name of International Business Machines. Learn more at http://www.ibm.com/ibm100/us/en/icons/founded/ In […]

  • Geek Fact for February 13th

    In 1923, Chuck Yeager was born. On October 14th, 1947 he became the first person to attain supersonic flight when he flew the Bell XS-1 (named Glamorous Glennis) past the sound barrier. Learn more at http://www.century-of-flight.net/Aviation%20history/jet%20age/top%20speed.htm In 1980, Apollo Computer Inc. was incorporated. Apollo made high-powered, self-contained computer workstations for scientists. HP acquired Apollo Computer […]

  • Geek Fact for February 7th

    In 1984, U.S. astronaut Bruce McCandless made the first untethered space walk. Bruce McCandless helped to develop the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU), a rocket-propelled backpack that was worn by an astronaut during shuttle spacewalks. During STS-41-B, aboard the Challenger space shuttle as a Mission Specialist, McCandless tested the MMU in spacewalks and thus became the […]