Category: History

Oct 15 2017

20 Years Ago, The Launch Of Cassini

On October 15th, 1997, a Titan IV/B lifted off from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft into space for its eventual amazing mission to study the planet Saturn. This was one of the first launches of the Titan IV/B and the first flight of that particular Titan variation …

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Oct 11 2017

The Computer Chronicles – Printers (1983)

Have you ever seen the movie “Office Space”? If you have, then you will certainly remember a certain antagonist in the film that wasn’t a human – it was a machine. In this case, the office Printer. They are funny things, really, the typical printer – it seems since their inception, people have had a …

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Oct 07 2017

History Of Horror Films – Cinemassacre Monster Madness

Back in 2007 for his annual Monster Madness series, James Rolfe decided to do a history of horror films, that being his preferred genre of movies; something he’s quite passionate about. A decade late, James has recompiled his original 31 reviews into one 53 minute marathon video covering everything – at least, everything important. It’s …

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Oct 04 2017

The Importance Of Sputnik

Earlier today I wrote my article on the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1. I wasn’t quite happy with how it turned out, and thought more about it – what I really wanted to say with it. That’s when I realized it wasn’t the fact that it launched that I wanted to convey, …

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Oct 04 2017

60 Years Ago, The World Entered The Space Age – Sputnik 1

60 years ago today, on October 4th, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the worlds first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, using a slightly converted intercontinental Ballistic Missile. This action shocked the United States – an enemy nation, the “backwards and primitive” Soviet Union, they had launched something into orbit before us? This, of course, couldn’t stand. …

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Sep 15 2017

The End Of Cassini

At 7:55 AM Eastern Time NASA’s Deep Space Network captured the last signals from the Cassini spacecraft. The vehicle, 83 minutes earlier, had dived into the atmosphere of Saturn. As planned, Cassini did its absolute best to keep its antenna pointed towards Earth, sending all the data it could before aerodynamic stresses finally pushed it …

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Sep 15 2017

Farewell, Cassini…

At the time of this articles publication, the Cassini spacecraft should no longer exist – at this point in time it should have vaporized in the atmosphere of Saturn, the planet it was built to study and always destined to be a part of. This is happening quite early in my time zone – a …

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Sep 12 2017

The Atari 2600 Turns 40!

In a bit of news from yesterday that, out of respect for the date I waited until today to share, the Atari Video Computer System (better known as the Atari 2600) was released 40 years ago yesterday, September 11th. The Atari 2600 is one of the most historic consoles in gaming, to be sure. Not …

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Sep 11 2017

The Reality Of That One September Morning

If there is one thing that I just can’t stand, it’s conspiracy theories. More over, conspiracy theories relating to a certain event 16 years ago today; an event that is better documented than most anything that had happened before, or in many cases, since then. September 11th, 2001. Oh yes, for pretty much every year …

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Sep 05 2017

40 Years Ago: The Launch Of Voyager 1

40 years ago today, on September 5th, 1977, Voyager 1 was launched from Launch Complex 41 on the final Titan III-E booster to fly. Voyager 1 was launched after Voyager 2, on a trajectory which put it ahead in its encounters of Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 1 would later begin flying up and away from …

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