A photo on Intel’s Facebook page posted today shows a technician working on Telstar 1, the world’s first telecommunications satellite, which was launched into orbit on this week in 1962. The 170-pound contraption successfully relayed the first television pictures and telephone calls ever transmitted through space. Telstar facilitated the first live transatlantic television feed.
It’s still up there, although it hasn’t been working for decades.
It’s quite amazing how much technology and, in particular, communication has changed just in the last few years, from cloud computing to the “always connected” model enabled by Smartphones, but it was pioneering projects like Telstar 1 and Telstar 2 that paved the way for these advances.