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September 17, 2012 - Meet George Jetson

17 Sep 2012, 04:00 UTC
September 17, 2012 - Meet George Jetson
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The Week in SpaceSeptember 17-23, 2012 Meet George Jetson Can it really be fifty years this week since we were first introduced to that futuristic fumbler, George Jetson? The new fall television lineup for 1962 included the cartoon chronicles of the Jetson family: George and his wife, Jane; their children, Judy and Elroy; Astro the dog; and their robot housemaid, Rosie. When he wasn’t stuck running on his new-fangled treadmill, George was gainfully employed at Spacely Space Sprockets, a huge manufacturing concern that produced the vital though vague components essential for a healthy cartoon space economy of the future. Many of the technological advances enjoyed by the Jetsons have become realities, including video conferencing, automatic vacuum cleaners, flat panel displays, and robot helpers like NASA’s Robonaut 2, seen here.Image credit: NASA / JSC / Robert Markowitz Weekly CalendarSeptember 17-23, 2012Holidays - Sky Events - Space History Monday 17Pluto appears stationary 1789: William Herschel discovers Mimas 1857: Konstantin Tsiolkovsky born 1930: Ed Mitchell born 1959: First powered flight of X-15 1976: First rollout of space shuttle Enterprise Tuesday 18Spica 0.8° north of MoonSaturn 5° north of MoonMoon at perigee 1964: Saturn SA-7 launched1977: Voyager 1 takes photo of Earth and Moon ...

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