At the mostly abandoned Moffett Field in an abandoned McDonald's, digital archeologists attempt to restore, recover and archive abandoned high resolution imagery and data from previous manned Moon missions, using an abandoned Ampex 2" tape drive found in a chicken coop - the last working machine in the world, restored by the last man alive capable of rebuilding the heads. This is likely only part of their weird story.
posted by loquacious
on May 1, 2009 -
Desperate for Depression Era jobs, the communities of Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo and San Francisco raised 476,066 dollars to
purchase 1000 acres of land in the fertile Santa Clara Valley and put their community in the running for the first West Coast base
for rigid airships. On February 20th, 1933, President Hoover signed the
bill that authorized the Navy to accept the Mountain View property. Half of the five million dollars appropriated for construction went to the building
of Hangar One
, the eventual home
of the USS Macon
Sunnyvale Naval Air Station, commissioned on April 4th, 1933, was renamed Moffett
Field after the death of RAdm William Moffett in the crash of the airship USS Akron.
On February 12th, 1935, the USS Macon
ditched off Point Sur, effectively ending the Navy's rigid airship program.
posted by oneirodynia
on Feb 12, 2006 -