Nov 18 2008   11:18AM GMT

Scientists find cool way to unlock the secrets of space

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In a boost for legacy IT systems, Downtime has learnt that a fridge-sized tape recorder is being used to unlock the secrets of space.

A 1960s IBM729 Mark 5 tape drive at the Australian Computer Museum will be used to extract information from tapes in Perth, Australia, containing data on moon dust.

Nasa lost its copies of the tapes before they were archived. But the Perth tapes have been kept safe in a climate-controlled room. Yes another fridge

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