We’ve all heard it: technology is transforming everything.
But how did it all begin?
In the 1950s, two scientists discovered that light waves could be manipulated to produce sounds and images that are now commonplace in the entertainment industry, from movies and TV shows to the Internet.
In the 1960s, another scientist named John von Neumann was working on a computer that could simulate and manipulate sound waves.
Then in the 1980s, physicists discovered the special properties of light.
In 1990, a British engineer named Ken Goldfarb created a device that could convert laser light into sound waves and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work.
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded a $4.5 million grant to MIT to develop an infrared camera that could produce high-definition images of objects and buildings.
In 2015, Apple’s Steve Jobs revealed that the company was working toward making a camera that can take photos in real time.
In 2017, the National Science Foundation awarded $7.5 billion to the University of California, Berkeley to develop the next generation of camera systems for imaging in space.
In 2018, Google launched a project to develop a camera for measuring the intensity of light in space and at the Moon, which could be used for surveillance.
In 2019, the first commercial spacecraft was launched into space, and in 2020, the company SpaceX launched its Dragon capsule.
In 2021, a company called Planetary Resources Inc. announced it was launching a new spacecraft to visit the Moon.
In 2022, the Chinese government launched the first lunar lander, and NASA launched a second spacecraft in 2020.
In 2021, Apple announced a plan to launch a new camera on the Moon by 2022.
In 2022, a German government scientist was awarded a Nobel Prize for developing a new way to detect gravitational waves, or the waves of light from distant galaxies that can be detected by telescopes on Earth.
In 2018, NASA launched the Solar Dynamics Observatory, a telescope to measure the movement of galaxies, and it was used to confirm the existence of dark matter in our Universe.
In 2020, a group of scientists announced that the Universe is about 13.7 billion years old.
In 2017, a team of researchers from the University at Buffalo announced that there is at least one planet in the Galaxy with a liquid ocean.
In 2020, Google announced that it had been awarded $4 billion by the Federal Aviation Administration to launch its first private plane into space.
In 2019, NASA announced that its space shuttles were being retired, and the space agency was also working on plans to send astronauts into space and back.
In 2016, NASA awarded a NASA contract to develop robotic probes to explore the moon, asteroids, and Mars.
In 2016, the government awarded $1 billion to NASA to develop and launch a space station.
In 2015, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced that a rocket carrying the Space Launch System spacecraft was set to launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
In 2013, NASA selected SpaceX to deliver its first commercial space launch to the International Space Station.
In 2013, the University’s Robert C. Byrd, Jr. Foundation announced that an international team of scientists was developing a robot that could be programmed to autonomously walk on its own and pick up a person from a parking lot, which was later used to find a missing person in South Africa in 2008.
In 2012, a Japanese company announced plans to use robots to find and capture asteroids and other celestial bodies.
In 2011, the German government announced that NASA’s Mars program was on track to be the most successful program in the history of the agency.
In 2010, NASA confirmed that it was going to launch the first crewed mission to Mars in 2021.
In 2009, a man who lived in Japan died after falling from a hotel balcony, where he was staying.
In 2009, the Japanese government announced plans for the first asteroid mission to a space rock that may contain life.
In 2008, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt announced the company’s goal of having robots in orbit around the Earth by 2025.
In 2007, the Russian Space Agency announced plans that it planned to send robotic probes into space to investigate the origin of life on Earth and other planets.
In 2006, the Department of Defense announced that $1.1 billion would be awarded to NASA’s Space Technology Office to develop “autonomous robotic missions for exploration of space and space science.”
In 2006, a woman was arrested and charged with killing her estranged husband, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, because he refused to leave her alone.
The man was later sentenced to 20 years in prison.
In 2006 in Japan, a pilot killed his own plane when it crashed while landing on an island, and after a 10-year investigation, he was sentenced to death.
In 2005, the British government awarded the first Royal Air Force combat aircraft to Japan.
In 2005, NASA released its first unmanned spacecraft that would fly into space on the International Date