Burlington helped put men on the moon

A cheesy statement? Not really. Years before the Apollo 11 touchdown, an unmanned spacecraft called Ranger 7 sent home thousands of crucial lunar surface images via a six-camera television system built in Burlington by RCA (Radio Corporation of America), where the Sun Microsystems campus was later built.

In fact, Burlington was home to many of New England’s tech-forward companies, some with NASA contracts. This stretch of the Route 128 belt was informally known as the Silicon Valley of the Northeast — until the real Silicon Valley pulled ahead to establish the lead it still holds today.

Winchester had no particular stake in this human milestone, but made a cheesy attempt at cashing in anyway.

Lunar Cheesecake ad, Winchester

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