What Space Data Looked Like in 1962
50 years ago today, Mariner 2 became the first interplanetary explorer when the probe flew by Venus, collecting 45 minutes worth of data about our planetary neighbor. It found that Venus was, in fact, a planet much like Earth underneath all that gas, even if it was 800˚F all the time. That carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere means that lead would melt just sitting outside, and serves as a reminder of what runaway greenhouse gases can really do.
What did all that data look like? A big roll of paper. We have come quite far.
(via The Atlantic)
Source: The Atlantic