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Space Station Mir is Launched

Space Station Mir is Launched

February 20, 1986 The Soviet Union launches the core module of the Mir space station. The core module will provide living quarters for the cosmonauts, including a galley, cooking elements,…

HD DVD Surrenders

HD DVD Surrenders

February 19, 2008 The “war” over the High Definition successor to the DVD ends when the supporters of the HD DVD format discontinue it. The Sony-backed Blu-ray format had garnered…

First Flight of Space Shuttle – Just Not Into Space

First Flight of Space Shuttle – Just Not Into Space

February 18, 1977 The first Space Shuttle orbiter, the Enterprise, embarks on its maiden flight in “captive mode,” attached to the top of a Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The flight…

Windows 2000 Introduced

Windows 2000 Introduced

February 17, 2000 Microsoft introduces the latest version of the Windows NT line of operating systems, Windows 2000. While Windows 2000 did bring plug and play to the Windows NT…

IBM Portable PC Introduced

IBM Portable PC Introduced

February 16, 1984 IBM introduces the IBM Portable Personal Computer, an early portable computer. It featured a 4.77MHz Intel 8088 processor, 256KB RAM, a 9 inch amber monitor, a 5.25″…

Windows Refund Day

Windows Refund Day

February 15, 1999 Hundreds of computer owners (dominated by Linux users) march on Microsoft’s offices demanding refunds for the copies of Windows that came pre-installed on their computers. This day…

1234567890 Day!

1234567890 Day!

February 13, 2009 Unix time passed 1,234,567,890 seconds at exactly 23:31:30 (UTC). Hey, geeks gotta have a reason to party too! The post 1234567890 Day! appeared first on This Day…

Spacecraft Lands on an Asteroid

Spacecraft Lands on an Asteroid

February 12, 2001 The NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touches down in the “saddle” region of asteroid 433 Eros, becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid. The post Spacecraft Lands on an…

Discovery Launches to Service Hubble

Discovery Launches to Service Hubble

February 11, 1997 The Space Shuttle Discovery is launched on a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. This was the second of five missions necessary to fix the flawed telescope.…

Satellites Collide!

Satellites Collide!

February 10, 2009 The communication satellites Iridium 33 and Kosmos-2251 collide in orbit, destroying both. This was the first major collision of satellites in Earth orbit. The post Satellites Collide!…

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