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November 28, 2014 AT 4:48 pm

TechTourist: Fran Visits the National Air & Space Museum

Fran Blanche posted a great video featuring a visit to the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC.  The video features a look at original Apollo-era space hardware like a lunar lander, Saturn V rocket engine, and much more.  It’s especially fascinating to see how electronics and wiring were done on these 50+ year old machines.

Fran also uses the video to announce a new project she’s starting in collaboration with the Smithsonian, the recreation of an Apollo DSKY, or display & keyboard for the Apollo guidance computer.  These devices were the human interface to the critical computer guidance systems that flew the Apollo missions to the moon and back to earth.  It will be very interesting to see how Fran goes about recreating the special displays and hardware of the DSKY–should be a fun project to watch!

TechTourist: Fran Visits the National Air & Space Museum


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