Rescue of data from Pioneer 10 & 11 tapes FINAL WORD
cisin at xenosoft.com
Sun Jun 12 17:52:04 CDT 2005
> >> 8GB? Somehow I would think that Pioneer 10 and 11 have sent back
> >> more data than that.
On Sun, 12 Jun 2005, Randy McLaughlin wrote:
> More to the point no one should assume that ant tape is full.
> The tapes could have easily been segregated by time and the data stream is
> not constant so the amount of data accumulated would vary day to day.
In addition, there are "secondary" tapes. For example, I spent
some time at NSSDC in GSFC assisting a British pysicist studying
the Van Allenbelts. We would do a LOT of graphing of things,
all written to tapes for plotting on Calcomp 570s and SD4060?s.
A lot of those kind of "derived data" tapes will still be around.
Unavailability of "obsolete computers" to "be able to read the tapes"
is not, and never was, the actual problem.
Grumpy Ol' Fred cisin at xenosoft.com
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