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A new telescope named Hubble lets us see even further into the universe, revealing more of its majesty and mysteries. A young software engineer's wife gives birth to his daughter while he develops the camera phone in the waiting room. Pathfinder safely bounces to a stop on Mars thanks to an airbag system that puts cars airbag system to shame.
The 1980s launch an unprecedented technological age that will continue into the next century. DNA profiling begins changing crime scene investigations for all time. Network computing gets a giant boost around the world with the advent of the Internet. And, the MIR space station kicks off a new age of space science.
The cell phone moves from the car console to the hand when an engineer is inspired by a science fiction series. The hybrid car is reborn as an answer to the concerns over fossil fuels and pollution thanks to a tenacious inventor and the Environmental Protection Agency. The invention of the digital camera is kept in the darkroom for 20 years.
The 1960s is a decade of both cultural and technological change. Home entertainment goes from the kitchen table to the TV screen when the video game console is unveiled. And, the United States finally wins the decade-long space race, taking a giant step for mankind by landing astronauts on the moon.