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Today in Tech History: April 27, 2008Morse code, the mouse, Pioneer 10, and the Super Jumbo!
Hi I'm Molly Wood. Its April 27th, 2008 and here is what happened Hi I'm Molly Wood. On this date in 1791, Samuel Morse was born. He was, of course, the creator of the single-wire telegraph system, and he and Alfred Vail invented Morse Code. I don't know why Vail didn't get a co-credit, but either way, it's Dash dot dash dot, dash dash dash, dash dash dash, dot dash dot dot, (that's 'cool' in Morse code.) In 1981, Xerox PARC introduced to the world's the first commercially marketed computer mouse. It was 15 years before the mouse became popular enough to give most of the adult population of the world wicked carpal tunnel syndrome. Today in 2002, the NASA space probe Pioneer 10 sent its last successful telemetry, before signing off for good. The Pioneer 10 was the first spacecraft to travel through the asteroid belt, in 1972 and also make direct observations of Jupiter, which it passed in 1973. And finally, in 2005, the Airbus A380 made its first flight from Toulouse, France. That's the Superjumbo to us regular folk - why? Because this double-decker, wide-body, four-engine airliner is, at this moment in time, the largest passenger airliner in the world. And that'll do it for today, tune in tomorrow for more tech history tidbits.