control alt delete
where are the keyboard shortcuts
to reboot my day?
I love United States Space History.
The Right Stuff.
Balloon trip to the edge of the world.
One of the young technicians wrote of those days something along the line of, “We drank the wine at the rate they poured it.”
In my own small way, this was what it was like at the dawn of the WWW era.
Some folks refer to it as the wild wild west.
It was GREAT and I miss it, but I digress.
Back to the space race.
I love those stories of Neil Armstrong’s first words getting messed up by intereference.
I love how Gus Grissom wanted to name his second spacecraft, ‘[The Unsinkable] Molly Brown.
This after his first space craft sank after splash down.
NASA tried to hold the line and told Grissom that Molly Brown wasn’t appropriate.
Grissom said fine and that he would paint TITANIC on the side of his spacecraft.
NASA gave in but afterwards changed the policy of naming the capsules.
Possibly my favorite story is the one about 24 year old John Aaron and Apollo 12.
The gist of the story is that when launched, Apollo 12 was struck by lightning.
The power surge knocked out most of the data being sent back from Apollo to Mission Control in Houston as well as the data systems on the Apollo 12 spacecraft.
Mission Control watched the rocket go up and the data numbers go wacky.
They were about to abort the mission when John Aaron says over the communications circuit, “Try SCE to Aux and back.”
According both to legend and to the records (written and audio recording), just about everyone in Mission Control and on Apollo 12 said, “What is that?” or words to that effect.
Except for Lunar Module Pilot, Alan Bean.
Alan Bean had taken part in a simulation a year before with the self same John Aaron.
Bean reached out to the spacecraft control panel, located the SCE switch and set it to AUX and back.
The numbers being sent to Houston and the systems on the spacecraft came back online.
The mission continued.
John Aaron, age 24, was described as a steely–eyed missile man.
He had witnessed this problem on that simulation with Alan Bean one year before.
As he himself described it, by chance he was one the simulation at the time.
By chance he saw the error.
By chance he puzzled out why it happened.
And by chance his shift was in Mission Control during the Apollo 12 launch.
John Aaron was at a communications station when the lighting hit and he opened up his mic and said, “reboot”.
Of course he said it the language of the day and for his equipment.
“Set SCE to AUX”
Today he might say, “Hit CTRL ALT DELETE and reboot.”
Looked death in the eye.
Steely Eyed Missile Man.
It could be done back then in 1969.
I can hit all those keys on my computer today.
I can turn any of my so-called devices off and on.
Why can’t I reboot my day?
Where are those buttons located?