Houston, we have an auction

Subject: Houston, we have an auction
From: "Boudreaux, Madelyn (GE Healthcare, consultant)" <MadelynBoudreaux -at- ge -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2010 11:32:26 -0400

Gizmodo reports that the manual pages describing how to perform an
"emergency power down" on the Apollo 13 are up for auction. They used
this procedure save energy they would need later, once they'd lost the
ability to generate more power. Without these pages, we'd all be
deprived of Tom Hanks. ;)

The pages themselves are shocking. It's almost in a code; I assume that
they couldn't take hundreds of pages of documentation with them when
every ounce counts, so in this case, they must have written in near
code, and then trained the astronauts on how to read said code. What do
you think?

http://gizmodo.com/5507848/the-manual-pages-that-saved-apollo-13

My SO suggested I print them and hang them in my cubical to show the
next person who asks why my job matters.

Sincerely,
Madelyn Boudreaux

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