Old tape drive proves its worth

Fred Cisin cisin at xenosoft.com
Mon Nov 10 15:36:58 CST 2008

> That's what I thought.  I can't imagine that NASA would consign
>  mission data to the dumpster, particularly given the (comparatively)
>  small number of missions.

40 years ago, when I was working at the National Space Sciences Data
Center (building 26, Goddard Space Flight Center), tapes, decks of cards,
and Fortran source were going missing on a regular basis, and some of the
people managing the tape collections felt that only the most recent data
was worth keeping.  On a few occasions, I was handed "scratch" tapes to
use for output and transfer to plotters that had important sounding prior
labels on them.  "I'm sure that there must be a few more copies of that
data around somewhere."

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