1. Monroe The Calculator Company: 1924,1956,1964,1970

    For back to school, consider the 1970 model:

    • The smallest CRT-display desktop calculator in the world. 
    • 11 inches wide by 17 inches deep
    • Weighs only 14 pounds
    • When computation exceeds the 14-digit limit, the green read-out flashes on and off and a buzzer warns the operator. 
    • Priced at $895 

    source: theoldcalculatormuseum (also this page)

  2. (Source: turborago)

  3. 13:22 17th Aug 2014

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    reblogged from: quietspacecomics

    tags: comicsMars


QSC- The first man on Mars


    QSC- The first man on Mars

  4. Driftless Pony Club: Pluto vs Neptune

    Pluto as a planet’s erroneous, it’s time to rewind

    I could stake my orbit on this, I am not blind

    It won’t be now and it never deserved to be 9th

    (Thanks to quietspacecomics for the suggestion.)

    (Source: youtube.com)

  5. 12:51

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    reblogged from: moonzerotwo

    tags: illustrationunder the seaJules Verne

    image: download


Indescribable Spectacle: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Leo & Diane Dillon


    Indescribable Spectacle: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Leo & Diane Dillon

  6. 10:19 15th Aug 2014

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    reblogged from: propagandery

    tags: Star Wars

    image: download


'The Jedi Doth Return' in the final Shakespearean adaptation of 'Star Wars'
  7. A Spacecraft for All: 

    • Launched in 1978 and originally tasked with studying the outer reaches of the Earth’s magnetosphere, the International Sun/Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3) probe was given a second mission in the 1980s of chasing comets before being shut down in 1997.
    • It was determined to be possible to reactivate the spacecraft in 2014, when it again made a close approach to Earth, and scientists discussed reusing the probe to observe more comets. However, NASA was no longer interested in recovering the spacecraft because of the limitations of its present budgets.
    •  A group of space enthusiasts began to talk. Retired and active aerospace engineers began to exchange ideas with avid HAM radio operators around the world.  Finally, one group took charge. They made a agreement with NASA to have the rights to use ISEE-3 for the benefit of citizen science and obtained the old documentation.  
    • In May 2014, the ISEE-3 Reboot Project raised more than $150,000 with crowdfunding. Some original NASA engineers and various experts offered their help. The group gathered old equipment in their headquarters, an abandoned McDonald’s (they call it McMoons). After a lot of work and trial and error, two-way communication was achieved and ISEE-3 truly became ISEE-3 Reboot. 
    • The ultimate goal was to command the spacecraft to fire its rocket engines to change its trajectory and become captured by the Earth’s gravitational field.  On July 2, the reboot project fired the thrusters for the first time since 1987. They spun up the spacecraft to its nominal roll rate, in preparation for the upcoming trajectory correction maneuver in mid-July. On July 8, a longer sequence of thrusters firings failed, apparently due to a loss of the nitrogen gas used to pressurize the fuel tanks
    • On July 24, the ISEE-3 Reboot Team announced that all attempts to change orbit using the ISEE-3 propulsion system had failed. Instead, the team said, the ISEE-3 Interplanetary Citizen Science Mission would gather data as the spacecraft flies by the Moon on August 10 and enters a heliocentric orbit similar to Earth’s. 
    • Google Creative Labs documented the adventure and created the compendium which was delivered to the public domain last week, A Spacecraft for All

    I tried to summarize the main events of this great technical adventure. The details are interesting. I invite you to visit the google site and to read more: 

    my sources: gizmag (good article) and wikipedia

    The ISEE-3 Reboot blog: spacecollege.org/isee3/


  8. 09:07 13th Aug 2014

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    reblogged from: 70sscifiart

    tags: illustrationrobotdog

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Hiroshi Manabe, early 70s
[Space Teriyaki 7 - 50 Watts]


    Hiroshi Manabe, early 70s

    [Space Teriyaki 7 - 50 Watts]

  9.  ’He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit' (Obama) 

    R.I.P. Robin Williams (1951-2014).  

  10. Welcome to Barrayar, son. Here you go: have a world of wealth and poverty, wrenching change and rooted history. Have a birth; have two. Have a name. Miles means “soldier,” but don’t let the power of suggestion overwhelm you. Have a twisted form in a society that loathes and fears the mutations that have been its deepest agony. Have a title, wealth, power, and all the hatred and envy they will draw. Have your body ripped apart and re-arranged. Inherit an array of friends and enemies you never made. Have a grandfather from hell. Endure pain, find joy, and make your own meaning, because the universe certainly isn’t going to supply it. Always be a moving target. Live. Live. Live.
    — Barrayar, Lois McMaster Bujold (via an-animal-imagined-by-poe)