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Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-20-2009 08:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In celebration of the upcoming 40th anniversary of humans setting foot on the moon, hackers placed a 1/2 scale replica of the Apollo Lunar Module on [MIT's] Great Dome.

Shortly after the Apollo lander appeared, hackers also installed a large statue of Athena in Killian Court.

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posted 05-20-2009 08:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Linda K   Click Here to Email Linda K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think this is my favorite "hack" at MIT. I'll confess that I had to look up the term in reference to MIT - like so many people I know, I automatically assumed (I know - that's a BAD word!) that hacking was a bad computer problem. I enjoyed the definition on the MIT Gallery of Hacks webpage:
The word hack at MIT usually refers to a clever, benign, and "ethical" prank or practical joke, which is both challenging for the perpetrators and amusing to the MIT community (and sometimes even the rest of the world!). Note that this has nothing to do with computer (or phone) hacking (which we call "cracking").
It would be really cool if they were able to keep the LM there until after the anniversary of the first lunar landing.

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posted 05-20-2009 08:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LCDR Scott Schneeweis   Click Here to Email LCDR Scott Schneeweis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How the heck did they get that up there??! Im assuming it was brought up in pieces and assembled on site?

xlsteve
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posted 05-20-2009 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for xlsteve   Click Here to Email xlsteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Linda K:
It would be really cool if they were able to keep the LM there until after the anniversary of the first lunar landing.
I can see the dome from my office window, and it appears that the LM it is no longer there.

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Philip
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posted 05-25-2009 03:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great, there have been larger things up there, ranging from cars to Fire trucks

Rob Joyner
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posted 05-25-2009 03:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They probably took it down to add the three missing ladder rungs!

xlsteve
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posted 05-28-2009 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for xlsteve   Click Here to Email xlsteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm keeping my eye on the dome, if they put up anything else as we get closer to the anniversary, I'll post.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-15-2009 04:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The real Apollo 11 lunar module crew recently visited the replica of Eagle:
It was an iconic moment: On Wednesday, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin ScD '63, the first two human beings ever to have left their footprints on another world, stood on the lawn in front of Kresge auditorium in a rare side-by-side appearance. They were posing in front of MIT's most recent student hack - a reproduction of the lunar module that had carried the two men to the surface of the moon 40 years ago next month.

mercsim
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posted 06-20-2009 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mercsim   Click Here to Email mercsim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If anyone has any clout with MIT, it would be great to get that photo of Neil and Buzz in a higher resolution...

Apollo Redux
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posted 06-26-2009 08:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo Redux   Click Here to Email Apollo Redux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LOL. Great tribute!

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