IEEE Commemorates Anniversary of Human Space Travel

Many members are sharing first-hand stories from behind the scenes

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Photo of Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the moon's surface.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission, on the moon’s surface.
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THE INSTITUTEThroughout 2019 IEEE is commemorating space travel and the members who developed technologies that made the achievement possible. The IEEE History Center, which is leading the Footsteps: IEEE’s Commemoration of Human Space Travel effort, is working with several organizations to hold events throughout the United States to celebrate.

Apollo 11 launched from Florida on 16 July 1969, carrying Commander Neil Armstrong, command module pilot Michael Collins, and lunar module pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. Their mission was to gather samples of the moon and take photographs of the terrain to bring back to Earth. Four days after landing, Armstrong made history by becoming the first person to walk on the moon. Aldrin joined him.

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The Transistor of 2047: Expert Predictions

What will the device be like on its 100th anniversary?

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The luminaries who dared predict the future of the transistor for IEEE Spectrum include: [clockwise from left] Gabriel Loh, Sri Samavedam, Sayeef Salahuddin, Richard Schultz, Suman Datta, Tsu-Jae King Liu, and H.-S. Philip Wong.

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The 100th anniversary of the invention of the transistor will happen in 2047. What will transistors be like then? Will they even be the critical computing element they are today? IEEE Spectrum asked experts from around the world for their predictions.

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