These photos look like lost stills from 2001: A Space Odyssey, but they are actually newly digitized images from NASA's Project Gemini program of 1965 and 1966. The Gemini mission was to develop and test technologies that would later be used by the Apollo program to bring humans to the moon. Smithsonian Air & Space selected these and several other images from Arizona State University's March To The Moon site, a clearinghouse for scanned photos from the Project Mercury and Project Gemini programs, that Rob posted about previously. Above and left is Gemini astronaut Ed White, the first American to walk in space. When he finally had to return to the spacecraft after the spacewalk, White said having to come back in was "the saddest moment of my life." He died in the tragic Apollo 1 launchpad fire of 1967.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the videocassette format long-dead, but it turns out that Betamax is still around. Sony is finally going to withdraw tapes from sale, bringing a 40-year story to an end. The last recorders were sold in 2002. ベータビデオカセットおよびマイクロMVカセットテープ出荷終了のお知らせ [Sony; via The Verge]
A leaked Comcast memo discloses that the company’s consumer data caps have nothing to do with network congestion, contrary to its public claims. The internet service provider has often complained (such as when lobbying against net neutrality) that it must impose limits on service to prevent network congestion. The argument suggests that these measures are […]
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