OFF-TOPIC: Win 95 in space!

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at
Fri Jan 23 15:33:52 GMT 1998

<a href="mailto:lkcl at"  > Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton  </a>
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Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 10:03:08 +0000
From: Dan Leighton <dan at>
To: lkcl at, hadfieldp at, david.hargreaves at,
    pkelly at
Subject: Win 95 in space!

   On Friday the 24th I was watching the NASA channel on cable TV to see
   how the experiments and Shuttle crew were doing. The men onboard
   needed to send instructions to the experiments in the cargo bay and
   were using a laptop to do it. As some of you may have heard, there was
   a "computer problem" onboard as reported by CNN. The exchange of
   information between the crew and the Johnson Space Center (JSC) went
   something like this:
   Crew: Urgent Johnson, we can't get a DOS prompt
   JSC: Press C: enter.
   Crew: Heck, we're not familiar with all this
   JSC: What screen are you looking at?
   Crew: It says 'My Computer', and, er, various other icons
   JSC: Click on 'Start' and then shut down.
   Crew: You click the 'Start' button to shut down?
   JSC: Yeah. Isn't it obvious?
   Crew: Somebody get me an aspirin
   JSC: Just hit the damn 'Start' button.
   Crew: We can't do that. It didn't load a mouse
   JSC: Did load any mouse at all?
   Crew: Well, yeah, a PS/2 or something. But we don't have one of those
   JSC: Okay. Press Alt + Esc.
   Crew: And what does that do?
   JSC: It should help.
   Crew: Negative
   JSC: Stand by, will replicate the problem down here.
   Crew: Roger
   Long pause
   JSC: Okay then. Double click the MS-DOS icon.
   Crew: I don't have a mouse
   JSC: Go to backup.
   Crew: Which is what?
   JSC: Dock with the Russians. They have a Unix Workstation you can borrow.

Dan Leighton
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