Tag Archives: NASA

  • Geek Fact for February 5th

    In 1971, Apollo 14 Commander Alan B. Shepard Jr. became the fifth human to walk on the Moon. He and astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell explored the lunar surface. An innovation that allowed an increase in the range of lunar surface exploration and the amount of material collected was the provision of a collapsible, two-wheeled cart, […]

  • Geek Fact for February 1st

    In 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia was destroyed over Texas when returning to Earth, killing all seven crew members. The crew consisted of Shuttle Commander Rick D. Husband; Shuttle Pilot William C. McCool; Payload Commander Michael P. Anderson
; Mission Specialists David M. Brown, Kalpana Chawla and Laurel Clark;
 and Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon. Learn more […]

  • Geek Fact for January 31st

    In 1961, Ham was the first primate in space. Ham’s name was an acronym for H olloman A ero M ed. His sub-orbital flight aboard the Redstone Mercury rocket was very similar to the flight that Alan Shepard would take later that year. Read more about Ham and other animals in space at http://history.nasa.gov/animals.html In […]

  • Geek Fact for January 28th

    In 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all seven crew members. The crew of Space Shuttle Challenger consisted of Mission Commander Francis R. Scobee; Pilot Michael J. Smith; Payload Specialists Gregory B. Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe; Mission Specialists Judith A. Resnik, Ellison S. Onizuka and Ronald E. McNair. Read more […]

  • Geek Fact for January 27th

    In 1967, the Apollo 1 fire killed astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee. In one of the worst tragedies in the history of spaceflight, the crew members were killed in a fire in the Apollo Command Module during a preflight test at Cape Canaveral. Learn more at http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/apollo1info.html

  • Geek Fact for January 22nd

    In 1984, during Super Bowl XVIII, Apple’s iconic ‘1984’ commercial aired. Apple became a household name in the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII when it aired the enormously popular 1984 ad promoting the upcoming release of the Macintosh.   Arguably the most famous Super Bowl commercial, there was much controversy at Apple regarding whether […]