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Hacking Old Moon Tapes

By Keith Cowing
April 8, 2013
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WA physicist’s ‘Moon Dust’ tapes may hold keys to future lunar landings

“A set of original NASA data tapes from moon landings in the 1960s now held in Western Australia may hold the keys to overcoming problems associated with the effects of lunar dust on future moon missions. They are also set to help kickstart the Australian Government’s recently launched space research program. The 177 original (or primary) data tapes – most likely the only tapes of their kind in the world – contain the results of experiments using dust detectors on the surface of the moon by Apollo 11, 12 and 14 astronauts. They have been recently supplemented by secondary data from Apollo 12, 14 and 15 missions.”

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