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This Week in Tech History: Microprocessors, Apple, and an Eagle

From the first footsteps on the moon to the end of the space shuttle program, and even the first live international television broadcast, this was a very busy week in the tech world.

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This week, back in 1962 – The Telstar Communications Satellite relayed the first publicly transmitted, live trans-Atlantic television program, featuring Walter Cronkite.

In 1968 – Robert Noyce, Andy Grove and Gordon Moore incorporated Intel, a company they built on production of the microprocessor. intotomorrow_logoThe component that has allowed computers to increase in speed and decrease in size.

In 1969 – Neil Armstrong, pilot of the lunar spacecraft, the “Eagle”, made the first footsteps on the surface of the moon and spoke that famous phrase. The words spoken by Armstrong gave instant impact to the drama of watching human beings reach something so far away so successfully.

In 1983 this week – The first three-dimensional reconstruction of a human head in a CT scan was published.

Back in 1997 – Apple Computer announced a new operating system for its Macintosh computers, OS 8. An important move at a time when Apple’s upper-level management and profits were experiencing significant problems, the new operating system offered new features such as easier integration of the Internet and a three-dimensional look. Immediately after the announcement, the software earned positive reviews from users.

And this week in 2011 – Space Shuttle Atlantis landed in the early morning hours at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, after completing its 13-day mission. This landing signaled the end of NASA’s Space Shuttle program.

Written by Chris Graveline

Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for 14 years. He is a producer of Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline and the host of This Week in Tech History as well as a regular co-host on "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" and our Technical Director.

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