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This Week in Tech History: The World Wide Web is Born

The first pictures of Saturn’s rings, the birth of the World Wide Web, and the end of the Mars Phoenix mission… It all happened This Week in Tech History.

1980 – The NASA space probe Voyager I made its closest approach to Saturn and takes the first images of its rings.


1990 – Sir Tim Berners-Lee published a formal proposal for what we now know as the World Wide Web. Before settling on that name, the World Wide Web was very close to being referred to as The Information Mesh.

1997 – WorldCom and MCI Communications announced a $37 billion merger (the largest merger in US history at the time). The combined company was acquired by Verizon Communications in 2006.

And this week in 2008 – Over five months after landing on Mars, NASA declares the Phoenix mission concluded after communications with the lander were lost.

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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