Hard Core Nerd Porn, Aerospace Edition

I am going to demolish your bandwidth today. I am going to crush
it under my link-hobnailed jackboots. Every one of these links is going to put a dent in your bandwidth between two to forty-five megabytes deep, and if it doesn’t it’s a link to a directory full of things that will. I’m going to make your broadband whimper, and I promise that if you’re a geek like me, you’re going to love every minute of it. If you’re still one of those 56k lepers, this magic is not meant for you. Close your browser and go outside; harvest the year’s crops or re-shoe the pigs or whatever else it is you do when you’re waiting for floppy-sized snacks to dribble into your demodulator. Don’t even bother with the rest of this entry, is what I’m saying.

The rest of you, try this on for size. The 530-error problems seem to have solved themselves.

I’ve talked about the href="http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html">Astronomy
Picture Of The Day before, but it turns out that NASA is a lot
more going on than just that. Specifically, their headquarters’
entire FTP site is available
for public consumption.

They have pictures
of href="ftp://kenny.public.hq.nasa.gov/users2/pao/images/zvezda/04_protonrollout_72.jpg">Russian href="ftp://kenny.public.hq.nasa.gov/users2/pao/images/zvezda/11_zvesdadelivery_72.jpg">rockets
being href="ftp://kenny.public.hq.nasa.gov/users2/pao/images/zvezda/12_protonlaunch_72.jpg">launched,
promotional
movies and href="ftp://kenny.public.hq.nasa.gov/users2/pao/images/boommovi.mov">big balloons and href="ftp://kenny.public.hq.nasa.gov/users2/pao/images/mars2003/mars/water_mars.jpg">evidence of
water
on href="ftp://kenny.public.hq.nasa.gov/users2/pao/images/mars2003/mars/water_mars.jpg">Mars, they have pictures
from the Dante Project and the spur of the Matterhorn and great pics of Soyuz and other rockets taking off, projects in mid-assembly
and early deployment, the list goes on.

They have incredibly sexy pictures of href="ftp://kenny.public.hq.nasa.gov/users2/pao/images/mars2003/rover2003/marsrover.jpg">the
Mars Rover (including some huge href="ftp://kenny.public.hq.nasa.gov/users2/pao/images/mars2003/rover2003/03rover4.tif">hi-res
.tif
files
of the same), a 20-meg zip file full of MIR-y
goodness
, and a sweet href="ftp://kenny.public.hq.nasa.gov/pub/factbook/%2522The%2520Other%2520Side%2522%2520971223.JPEG">pic
of The Earth
hidden among the href="ftp://kenny.public.hq.nasa.gov/pub/factbook/">gzipped factbooks and
other zipped or href="ftp://kenny.public.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/movies/top10_2000/">otherwise
available movies. ( href="ftp://kenny.public.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/movies/rover_t1.mov">So,
so sexy. href="ftp://kenny.public.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/reports/2004/hits/Pictures/">So
much nerd porn. Shiver.)

Be
still
my
heart.

Insanely, it looks like their entire href="ftp://kenny.public.hq.nasa.gov/pub/ytdls/email_list.txt.txt">e-mail
list is online
as well. I don’t know what I should do about that, since they’re
probably watching
me
right now, but I’m href="ftp://kenny.public.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/statrpt/MPIAT/MPIAT_status_20Jan.txt">not
worried.

Jamie, Sean, Geofford, this is for you guys.

5 Comments

  1. Posted October 18, 2004 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Er… you might wanna fix the links somehow…
    530 Login incorrect

  2. Mike Hoye
    Posted October 18, 2004 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Dammit, this all worked last night. I’ll try to figure something out.

  3. Mike Hoye
    Posted October 18, 2004 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Ok, the 530 error is sporadic, and I don’t understand why. Keep trying.

  4. Jamie
    Posted October 18, 2004 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    I’m downloading 4.5 GB of Ghost in the Shell SAC right now, so I’ll give these a look-see tomorrow. Once, off of a hidden NASA ftp site, a buddy of mine found a pdf copy of THE BEST BOOK on the Apollo program (Apollo (Race to the Moon) by Murray & Cox) – it was then out of print and very difficult to find (thank Ghu it is now back in print as of two months ago – my copy arrived by mail last week).

  5. elliot
    Posted October 21, 2004 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    What am I, chopped liver? I’m the only one of your supposed “aerospace geek” friends who actually is working on something that will fly in space right now. And I have more of my handiwork flying than those yahoos Geofford and Sean put together.

    Hmmf.