Apollo 8 Mission Control printers, or not?

Cory Heisterkamp coryheisterkamp at gmail.com
Fri Dec 28 18:50:06 CST 2018

Reminds me of a few years ago when I bought some odds and ends out of a NASA engineer's estate on the space coast. In the mix was a Selectric I/O service manual (with NASA Prop stamps). What struck me as unusual was that it was for the keyboard-less version. Yes, even though it was output-only, IBM called it an I/O (at least on the manual cover). I never have seen an IBM-sanctioned housing for such things, though it looks like the chassis itself would fit one of these blue boxes. Still a guess, though. -C
On Dec 28, 2018, at 6:37 PM, Steve Malikoff via cctalk wrote:

> Being the 50th anniversary of the flight of Apollo 8, I was watching a newly-uploaded informational film of the mission on Youtube:
> https://youtu.be/83cGclY9OZk?t=1092
> At 18:02 and 18:13 there are what appeasr to be small blue/green tabletop printers on trolleys positioned next to the consoles.
> They don't have an I/O Selectric form factor but are more like a teletype, or something else entirely, in a sound-deadening box.
> There's no platen knob visible and it doesn't look to be fanfold paper (I think) so I'm just curious as to any idea what they are?
> Steve.

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