Scrap dealer finds Apollo-era NASA computers in dead engineers basement | Ars Technica
A pair of Apollo-era NASA computers and hundreds of mysterious tape reels have been discovered in a deceased engineers basement in Pittsburgh, according to a NASA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.Most of the tapes are unmarked, but the majority of the rest appear to be instrumentation reels for Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11, NASAs fly-by missions to Jupiter and Saturn.The two computers are so heavy that a crane was likely used to move the machines, the report concluded.Enlarge / Lots of blinky red lights. Does it go bing! too?NASAAt some point in the early 1970s, an IBM engineer working for NASA at the height of the Space Race took home the computersand the mysterious tape reels. A scrap dealer, invited to clean out the deceaseds electronics-filled basement, discovered the computers. The devices were clearly labelled NASA PROPERTY, so the dealer called NASA to report the find.
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