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This Week in Tech History: One Small Step for Man

Henry Ford sells his first car, the first color underwater photograph is published and man steps foot on the Moon… It all happened This Week in Tech History.

This week in 1903 – Ernest Pfennig, a dentist from Chicago, became the proud owner of a Model A automobile when the Ford Motor Company sold its first car. The car featured a twin-cylinder internal combustion engine.

1926 – The first underwater color photograph appeared in “National Geographic” magazine. The picture of a hogfish was captured off the Florida Keys. The photographer used a special waterproof housing for the camera, as well as several pounds of highly explosive magnesium flash powder to light up the underwater scene. The powder was left on a raft on the surface of the water and when the camera shutter was pressed, it triggered the explosion which lit up the water up to 15 feet.

1962 – The “Telstar” communications satellite sent the first live TV broadcast to Europe. The bird was used to send TV programs between the United States and Europe.

And this week in 1969 – Astronaut Neil Armstrong, pilot of the lunar spacecraft, the “Eagle made the first footsteps on the surface of the moon at 10:56 p.m. ET. The words “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed…” gave instant impact to the drama of watching human beings reach something so far away so successfully. This feat marked the first time humans walked on another world.

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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