Category: technology

An Apollo 11 lunar television camera displayed…

An Apollo 11 lunar television camera displayed by Stan Lebar, leader of the Westinghouse team that developed it.

September 17, 1965: “View of IBM digital compu…

September 17, 1965: “View of IBM digital computer model 7090 magnet core installation.”

(cc: @ibmblr)

(Library of Congress)

The robots of Isaac Asimov: Illustrations by R…

The robots of Isaac Asimov: Illustrations by Ralph McQuarrie, Jack Gaughan, Michael Whelan, and Paul Rivoche.

Future cars by Syd Mead.

Future cars by Syd Mead.

Hiroshima, Japan, before and after the atom bo…

Hiroshima, Japan, before and after the atom bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945.

(Wikimedia Commons)

Can you speak FORTRAN?

Can you speak FORTRAN?

Robert Tinney cover art for BYTE magazine, Nov…

Robert Tinney cover art for BYTE magazine, November 1979, an issue dedicated to “Fun and Games” on the personal computer.

July 30, 2009 – High above the Earth, a Dual R…

July 30, 2009 – High above the Earth, a Dual RF Astrodynamic GPS Orbital Navigator Satellite (DRAGONSat) is released from the open cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. (NASA)

As his friends watch, youngster Ian Levitt pla…

As his friends watch, youngster Ian Levitt plays a game on an Apple IIe computer at Cali-Camp in Topanga, California, July 22, 1984. Photo by Toru Kawana.

(Los Angeles Public Library)

interesting trinity and apollo 11 in the same …

interesting trinity and apollo 11 in the same day. is this some kind of voodoo?

Both events were rather huge events in the course of modern history, especially as it relates to how humanity’s future unfolds as we attempt mastery over powerful technologies. And then there’s the dark underside to the Space Age in that it grew from the Atomic Age as rockets built to carry nuclear payloads were fine-tuned into rockets that ferried astronauts to the stars.

(Sadly, there were a lot of nuclear tests over the years. More than a thousand by the United States alone. So when I do today-in-history posts, you see these strange historical coincidences.)