[amsat-bb] Re: reminiscing about a long ago time - WAS:Re: Re: Earthrise - add
kq6ea at pacbell.net
Fri Dec 26 18:18:58 PST 2008
My landlord's father worked for Vought during the early days, and he grew up down at the Cape. His Dad has some amazing pix, news clippings and other artifacts from those days. It's great to talk to people who were actually doing the stuff I grew up watching!
--- On Fri, 12/26/08, James French <w8iss at wideopenwest.com> wrote:
> From: James French <w8iss at wideopenwest.com>
> Subject: [amsat-bb] reminiscing about a long ago time - WAS:Re: Re: Earthrise - add
> To: "Reicher, James" <JReicher at hrblock.com>
> Cc: amsat-bb at amsat.org
> Date: Friday, December 26, 2008, 5:17 PM
> Since we are reminiscing about where some of our families
> were doing at the beginning of the space age, I'll add
> My grandfather, Paul, W1DLP, told me about working on some
> of the
> equipment for the Gemini program. He even gave me one of
> his trinkets
> from then, a plastic coin bank in the shape of a Gemini
> capsule that he
> had gotten. I have long since lost that trinket...:(
> I am wondering how many of us had relatives that did
> something during
> those fun times?
> James W8ISS
> On Fri, 2008-12-26 at 11:13 -0600, Reicher, James wrote:
> > Seeing this link brought tears to my eyes.
> > At the time the tapes were made, I was the tender age
> of three, but I
> > still have a very close connection with those images
> and with the tapes.
> > My grandfather, Walter Lyons, an electrical engineer
> with RCA, helped
> > develop the technology used in taking the images from
> the Lunar Orbiter
> > and Surveyor series and converting them into radio
> waves and into the
> > data found on these tapes.
> > Although he never was licensed as an amateur, he was
> one of my
> > inspirations for becoming a ham. Unfortunately, he
> passed away 2 years
> > before I earned my ticket.
> > 73 de W0HV, Jim in Raymore, MO (ex-N8AU)
> > Light travels faster than sound... This is why some
> people appear
> > bright until you hear them speak.
> > Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 11:30:36 -0900
> > From: Edward Cole <kl7uw at acsalaska.net>
> > Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Earthrise - add
> > To: Joe Fitzgerald <jfitzgerald at alum.wpi.edu>
> > Cc: Amsat BB <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
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> > At 04:25 AM 12/25/2008, Joe Fitzgerald wrote:
> > >Rocky Jones wrote:
> > > > I think that the first black and white photo
> of Earthrise over
> > > the Moon...was from one of the Lunar Orbiters...
> I think 5...
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > >There was a nice story recently about a recent
> restoration of that
> > photo
> > >
> > >-Joe KM1P
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> > I am amazed at times how my own past resurfaces.
> > One of my duties at Goldstone from 1974-1976 was to
> manage the tape
> > backup for data received from spacecraft like the
> Voyagers and
> > Pioneers that flew by Jupiter, Saturn (and the outer
> planets after my
> > time), and other missions. It was sort of an unwanted
> task handed
> > off on me. But I took it serious and devised a record
> system to keep
> > track of when they were recorded and so they would be
> retained for
> > the required time period. These were backups as the
> prime data had
> > been transmitted to the mission scientist. These were
> held a minimum
> > of 30-days in case of any bad data in the originals.
> I started
> > stacking them in an unused office but in time they
> ended up in the
> > climate-controlled "basement" of the 64m
> DSS-14 Control
> > Building. They ended up being kept much longer than
> 30-days. I'm
> > guessing these reel tapes were made by the same
> recorder as mentioned
> > in the article. Isn't it fantastic that the old
> Lunar tapes were
> > recoverable! 2009 will be my 30th anniversary of
> leaving Jet
> > Propulsion Lab to move to Alaska...tempis fugit!
> > The, then new, Hydrogen Maser Master Clock was
> installed in this same
> > room. It was used for precise timing of VLBI
> experiments, which
> > previously required calibration by the famous
> "flying clock" or the
> > x-band Moon Bounce timing system (ask Dick, K6HIJ).
> Not only
> > Goldstone, but Madrid, and Canberra stations required
> to be on the
> > same accurate time (ask Tom Clark about that).
> > As the New Year approaches we reflect on the past.
> Thanks to those
> > who recently found those articles.
> > Merry Christmas and Happy New year!
> > 73, Ed Cole - KL7UW (& Janet)
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