Old tape drive proves its worth
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Mon Nov 10 16:09:40 CST 2008
On 10 Nov 2008 at 16:10, William Donzelli wrote:
> I think this is all blown up from a few researchers over the years
> that have been looking for the original telemetry tapes. At least one
> group recently has been looking into something with anomalies in
> signal transit time or something, and the raw telemetry data could be
> distilled to get some real data. NASA, however, did not keep many of
> the telemetry tapes - but they never intended to keep them. As soon as
> able, the tapes were read and decoded into the data they wanted from
> the probes and eventually made public to the zillions of scientists
> that were foaming at the mouth for it. Keeping the telemetry tapes
> would be similar to Jay archiving this list with all the TCP/IP
> headers and junk.
I remember chatting with a guy in the next office over who was on the
MDSF project (remember Skylab?). He quoted some fairly astonishing
numbers to me on the amount of the raw telemetry data that was
actually discarded in processing.
Was any of the software from MDSF ever archived?
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