Mountain View , CA
Member since: January 22, 2013
A Little About Me
Hi I am Dennis Wingo and I am the founder of the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP). I have been working on images from the Moon for over 25 years. I ran upon the opportunity to recover the images from the original tapes of the Lunar Orbiter program quite by accident several years ago. I had known about the tapes but thought that they were lost to history. To me this project is an opportunity for us to digitize and preserve a major part of our aerospace history and provide these images for science and the public.
This effort has spawned a new word technoarcheology
, (literally the archeology of technology) and a new way of looking at our past. Think for a moment how much better off our world would be today if some of the ancient engineering marvels of the past like the Great Pyramid of Egypt, the formula for concrete from the Roman empire, and the millions of books from the great library at Alexandria had not been lost? How much farther would we be along the road of civilization? How many mistakes could we have avoided if we had the wisdom of the ancients to consult?
By preserving our technical past as we are with the LOIRP project we help to provide a snapshot in time of our nearest celestial neighbor in a way that can never be repeated. This has also been a way to bring our older retired engineers together with young, eager science and engineering students to provide a mentoring effect that has been so lacking in our culture of late. It is the continuity between the generations that is as important as understanding our deep past that will allow us to move forward into the future.