The descent module of the Mars 2 orbiter became the first object to reach the surface of planet Mars on 27th November 1971. The module unfortunately had malfunctioned and crashed. Mars 2 was launched by the Soviet Union on 19th May 1971.
Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) created the once popular Altavista Internet search engine. They were also the first computer vendor to launch a public web site at dec.com. Their domain name is the fifth oldest in the world and, at one time, hosted a popular software repository. [more...]