RE: Houston, we have an auction

Subject: RE: Houston, we have an auction
From: "Richard L Hamilton" <dick -at- rlhamilton -dot- net>
To: "'Boudreaux, Madelyn \(GE Healthcare, consultant\)'" <MadelynBoudreaux -at- ge -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2010 12:28:31 -0600

Thanks for pointing this out. Fascinating stuff; wish I had the cash to
bid on that piece of history.

Regarding the terseness, the second page, emergency powerdown, looks
more like a checklist than a manual.

Best Regards,
Richard Hamilton
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> 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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