Friday , July 30 2021

ISS astronaut finds NASA Windows diskettes in space

Remember Windows 95?

ESA / Alexander Gerst

International Space Station celebrated its 20th anniversary, the astronaut of the European Space Agency and the current resident of ISS Alexander Gerst discovered a small reminder of this long story: a folder full of old floppy disks.

If you are too young to remember, diskettes have once been a major force in storing computers. Now they are an outdated symbol of nostalgia calculation. Gerst tweeted a photo of her fun find on Tuesday.

Gerst says he has found a locker on the ISS, which has probably not been opened for some time. One diskette is labeled as containing Norton Utilities for Windows 95/98. Some have NASA's labels.

Two of the discs are titled "Crew Crew Crew Data Drive" with the names Shep and Sergei on them. This is probably for NASA astronaut William Shepherd and the Russian cosmonaut Sergey Krikalev, who are part of the Expedition 1 crew in 2000.

The floppy disk burst from the past is a fun reminder of the long-standing legacy of the ISS, which now covers two decades. Technology has gone a long way through this time, but remains a remnant.

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