2/13/13 - As I was climbing down a series of stairs into the bowels of the Titan Missile Museum, I pointed my camera above me to capture those coming after me. The light was extremely low and I really could not see what I was capturing. I used Topaz Adjust and Nike EFEX Color to pull out the detail in the image. Then, I used Silver EFEX to do the b/w conversion. After entering the silo, you climb down what I think were five or six flights of stairs to reach the control center. The guide demonstrated the security procedure a crew would go through to be admitted to the control center. It is interesting how much more technically sophisticated our security procedures are now with things like fingerprint, iris or voice recognition. Nonetheless, the security seems to have been adequate for that time. On the floor above the control center was a recreation and rest area for the crew. They had a kitchen but, according to our guide, very few meals were actually prepared there because they had to clean up after themselves. The crews worked 24 hour shifts and then were entitled to three days off. However, they could be called in if needed during their off time. The rest area was one of the few areas that was NOT a NO LONE ZONE AREA, meaning that in those areas a person could never be alone There always had to be at least one other person with them. In the control center there were racks of computer equipment, much like you would expect to see in facilities today. A number of years after the complex was built, they redid the computer and fueling operations. All of the racks were left in place, but all of the electronics were contained in a single rack at that time. The other racks were just empty racks. They used punched tape to feed the computer operations. In my first computer programming course, we used punch cards. I remember taking the punch cards to the IBM computer center and handing the cards to technicians. Then, I'd be instructed to return hours or a day later to find out if my program ran successfully. If it did not, I might get my cards back with some sort of indicator of the problem, but, often, the machine would eat my cards and I'd have no idea why the program failed. Seeing the punch tape reminded me of those early days when the computers were huge machines. Now, we carry more powerful computers around in our pockets and in our cameras.
Thanks for your comments on the shot of the Titan Missile thruster.
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