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The Hackers Who Recovered
NASA’s Lost Lunar Photos

Wired, by Doug Bierend

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Posted By:Zarin, 4/25/2014 8:00:37 AM

Sitting incongruously among the hangars and laboratories of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley is the squat facade of an old McDonald’s. You won’t get a burger there, though–its cash registers and soft-serve machines have given way to old tape drives and modern computers run by a rogue team of hacker engineers who’ve rechristened the place McMoon’s. These self-described techno-archaeologists have been on a mission to recover and digitize forgotten photos taken in the ‘60s by a quintet of scuttled lunar satellites. The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project has since 2007 brought some 2,000 pictures back from 1,500 analog data

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Rescuing info from 1966!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: PeoplesRepublikNY, 4/25/2014 8:53:58 AM     (No. 9824191)

Awesome! The "Golden Age of NASA" indeed. I grew up following the space program´s early days, and this sure brings back memories.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: MattMusson, 4/25/2014 9:54:41 AM     (No. 9824256)

A blast from the past; from back when NASA had an 8 letter mission statement: THE MOON

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 4/25/2014 10:09:48 AM     (No. 9824275)

Back when slide-rules ruled!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bnrmusa, 4/25/2014 10:11:01 AM     (No. 9824276)

Thanks for posting. Those Ampex FR-900´s were rock solid.
It´s an amazing article about the great old engineering, mated with the new.



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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rivetjoint, 4/25/2014 10:45:26 AM     (No. 9824333)

My dear old dad was a Bell Labs engineer who always referred to his trusty slide rule as a ´guessing stick´. And to think that Kelly Johnson and his team came up with the brilliant SR-71 in just a few years without any CAD - just the slide rule. Of course, being an aeronautical genius helped Johnson.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 4/25/2014 10:45:35 AM     (No. 9824334)

The technology those muslims used to take the original pictures is just amazing

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Brittany, 4/25/2014 12:16:47 PM     (No. 9824444)

Glad that they did this. But I was hopeful that they had found the original Armstrong-Aldrin landing photos that supposedly were taped over.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 4/25/2014 7:29:31 PM     (No. 9824858)

#5, the greatest compliment Kelly Johnson said he ever received as an aeronautical engineer was when he overheard a USAF General telling someone else, "Kelly is so good, he can see air."

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