Welcome to the weekly digest here at Doxacon Seattle! Below is this week’s collection of geeky daily tidbits and news from Doxacon Seattle.
Remember that we’re going to be having our final Doxaday of 2024 – a meetup at GeekGirlCon 2023 (Saturday, October 7). Our plan is to get together at a restaurant outside of the convention center. To sign up, drop us an email at email@example.com – we hope to see you there!
October 1 – Today is the anniversary (1908) of the introduction of Henry Ford’s Model T. The goal was an affordable car that people could actually purchase. Combined with Ford’s moving assembly line, the Model T was both financially accessible and widely available. Read about it at History.com.
October 4 – In 1967, Sputnik 1 the first artificial Earth satellite, was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union. Though only the size of a beach ball – and only surviving three months before burning up on re-entry, it started the beginning of the space age and the space race between the United States and the USSR. Read more about it at NASA’s dedicated web page.
October 5 – Today marks the birthday (1962) or two major cultural influences – the release of the first Bond film (Dr. No) and the first Beattles’ first single Love Me Do. Though certainly not the only things igniting hearts & minds, these both marked the beginning of long-lasting fandoms around the world. Read more at the BBC website.
October 7 – 64 years ago today (1959), the first photographs of the dark side of the moon – normally not visible from earth – were taken by the Soviet space probe Luna 3. Taking 29 photos in a little under an hour, the space probe was able to capture nearly 3/4 of the far side of the moon. When it began transmitting later that month (October 18), seventeen of the images were successfully transmitted back to Earth. Though the satellite was lost just a few days later, the images were enough to create a map of the previously unknown side of the moon. Learn more (and with since-updated imagery!) from NASA.
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