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Daily Video for June 29 – iPhone Released to the World

TODAY IN HISTORY…

The First iPhone is REleased in the US

On June 29, 2007, after months of waiting, the first iPhones are released for sale in the US.  The revolutionary phone from Apple included touchscreen controls similar to their iPod devices, with the capability of also being a strong telephone and Internet engine.  Running on a computer operating system similar to an Apple computer, these devices ushered in the era of the Smartphones, forever changing how people communicate.

Check out this video of Steve Jobs’ original announcement of the iPhone from January, 2007:

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The History of Space X – Infographic

Space X History

It’s been almost a month since Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket launched the first Americans into space from US soil since the end of the shuttle program — the first private rocket to do so.  How did Space X get to this point?  Today’s infographic takes a look at the history of the company and it’s various missions before the historic May 30 launch. [VIA]

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Photo Prompt

Daily Photo (6/24/20) – Looking for Answers

Photo — “Looking for Answers”

Use the photos posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of a photo analysis.

We’re always looking up trying to find answers, but here in one photo, is an interesting juxtaposition of two different ways we seek them from the heavens.

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What Do Different Satellites See? – Infographic

Earth-Observing Satellites

Since 1957 and Sputnik 1, man had been sending satellites into space, all with different jobs to do.  While some are turned towards space to observe, others are used for communication, and some are turned back to Earth to observe life here. Just what do they see, however?  Today’s infographic takes a look at some of these Earth-observing satellites and gives sample images from most. [VIA]

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On This Day, Video

Daily Video for June 16 – First Woman in Space

TODAY IN HISTORY…

Valentina TeresHova is the First Woman in SPace

On June 16, 1963, Soviet space capsule Vostok 6 blasted off.  On board was cosmonaut Valentina Tereshova who over almost 3 days completed 48 orbits in her craft, the “Seagull”.  Tereshova experienced a great deal of difficulty in flight, suffering from assorted aches and pains, vomiting, and equipment malfunctions, leading many to believe later that her flight was possibly sabotaged (one wonders if it’s because she was a woman).

Despite all this, it was revealed in 2004 that there was an error in the flight control program that caused her craft to begin to ascend, rather than descend from orbit, an error she noticed immediately that would have caused her to shoot off into space if not corrected.  She was able to correct her course and return safely to Earth, but in the tradition of the Soviet space program, was ordered not to talk about the incident at the time.

Check out this video to learn more:

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The Closest Stars to Earth – Infographic

Celestial Neighbors

Since the dawn of mankind, we have looked up and been fascinated by the stars.  What were once mysterious orbs — the homes of gods and legends — are now a little more understood scientifically, not no less fascinating.  Today’s infographic takes a look at our 44 closest celestial neighbors in order of distance from our solar system and compares their characteristics to the star we are most familiar with, our own sun.. [VIA]

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