The Hackers Who Recovered NASA’s Lost Lunar Photos
For five years, a group of self-described techno-archaeologists working in an old, abandoned McDonald’s have been on a mission: to recover and digitize forgotten photos taken in the ‘60s by a quintet of scuttled lunar satellites.
SITTING INCONGRUOUSLY AMONG the hangars and laboratories of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley is the squat facade of an old McDonald’s. You won’t get a burger there, though–its cash registers and soft-serve machines have given way to old tape drives and modern computers run by a rogue team of hacker engineers who’ve rechristened the place McMoon’s.
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