Time travel Tuesday #timetravel a look back at the Adafruit, maker, science, technology and engineering world
The inertia hardest to overcome is that of perfectly good seconds. ~Martin H. Fischer
1889 – The first long-distance electric power transmission line in the United States is completed, running 14 miles (23 km) between a generator at Willamette Falls and downtown Portland, Oregon.
Electric-power transmission is the bulk transfer of electrical energy, from generating power plants to electrical substations located near demand centers. This is distinct from the local wiring between high-voltage substations and customers, which is typically referred to as electric power distribution. Transmission lines, when interconnected with each other, become transmission networks. The combined transmission and distribution network is known as the “power grid” in the United States, or just “the grid”. In the United Kingdom, the network is known as the “National Grid”.
1965 – The launch of Gemini 4, the first multi-day space mission by a NASA crew. Ed White, a crew member, performs the first American spacewalk.
Gemini 4 (officially Gemini IV) was the second manned space flight in NASA’s Project Gemini, occurring in June 1965. It was the tenth manned American spaceflight (including two X-15 flights at altitudes exceeding 100 kilometers (54 nmi)). Astronauts James McDivitt and Edward H. White, II circled the Earth 66 times in four days, making it the first US flight to approach the five-day flight of the Soviet Vostok 5. The highlight of the mission was the first space walk by an American, during which White floated free outside the spacecraft, tethered to it, for approximately 20 minutes. Both of these accomplishments helped the United States overcome the Soviet Union’s early lead in the Space Race.
We saw the Zappos “real time order map” and fell in love with the idea so we made an Adafruit order map. We do not have a TV so we have this on the screens on the computers here 🙂 – a fun way to see where folks are ordering in the world at the moment.
Leave this page open – What you are watching latest order placed on the Adafruit website, from all over the world, coming in and being mapped to the location the order is being shipped to, in real time. The item is a random product from the latest order placed.
Orders on map are based only on (general) USA postal zip code or international city. Addresses and any other personal information is never made available.
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