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Spending the long weekend in the hospital. At least i get my own room because of my allergies. And steak from the outside world
Before there was Project Apollo, before their was Project Mercury, and even before there was NASA, The United Kingdom had developed plans to land men on the Moon.
Using five stages and over 2000 solid fuel rockets, the British Interplanetary Society’s Moon Lander would have landed a crew of three for a 14-day stay on the Moon.
Developed in 1938, numerous details of the mission would prove to have been unfeasible due to weight and scientific properties. For example, the ridiculous amount of solid fuel rockets were used was due to the thought that liquid fuel engines could not create enough thrust to propel a vehicle beyond Earth’s gravitational influence. Additionally, for almost twice the size of the Apollo lunar module, the BIS lander would have been less than half the weight.
The outbreak of World War II caused any plans to be set aside, although had they gone forward, it would have been unlikely to see fruition. Many scientific minds of the day, including many at the BIS itself, considered the plans outside of technological reach. However, the plans of the British Interplanetary Society marked the first serious intentions and research into a manned flight to our nearest neighbor.
Check out these two links for more information on this groundbreaking project, including this one from the BIS themselves.
IBM RAMAC with 350 disk storage unit. The RAMAC was introduced in 1956 and was the first commercial computer that used a moving head hard disk drive. The 350 disk storage unit was capable of storing 3.75 MB.