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This Week in Tech History: Discovery’s Last Mission & First Instant Camera

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris reminds us of the end the line for one Space Shuttle. He also tells us of the introduction of the first instant camera.

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otis-steam-shovelThis week in 1839 – Mr. William S. Otis received a patent for the steam shovel – precursor to today’s bulldozers.

1858 – The first electric burglar alarm was installed in Boston, MA.

land-camera-5001947 – Edwin Land demonstrated the Polaroid Land Camera to the Optical Society of America in New York City. It was the first camera to take, develop and print a picture on photo paper all in about 60 seconds. The photos were black and white. The camera went on sale the following year.

LifeCover1962 –While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in four hours, 55 minutes.

And this week in 2011 – Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off for its final mission. Upon touchdown at the Kennedy Space center, the shuttle was retired and is now on display in Virginia.

Written by Chris Graveline

Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for over 20 years. He is 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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