During a nine-day space mission, the crew from STS-43 sent the first email from outer space.
It was the ninth mission for Space Shuttle Atlantis and while the main goal was to launch a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, sending an email from one of the first portable MAC computers is pretty cool, too.
According to IDG Connect, the email read:
“Hello Earth! Greetings from the STS-43 Crew. This is the first AppleLink from space. Having a GREAT time, wish you were here,…send cryo and RCS! Hasta la vista, baby,…we’ll be back!”
At the time the 16-pound computer and hard drive used to send the email were worth a little over $7,000. That’s more than $13,000 in current dollars.
If an email isn’t enough to impress you, there’s a video of the astronauts ejecting a floppy disk from the device -- in space, of course.