Nasa, Perot Museum, Hanson discussed on Houston We Have a Podcast


So as I understand it, the the basic area of research that he was proposing was something that you found to be of interest and the choice to have the subject be about the Apollo missions. That historic event was something that made it even sweeter, even nicer. Of course, of course. That's why I say was unique you need proposal. So you went to the National Science Foundation with the proposal to do this project, assuming that NASA had recorded all those conversations back in one thousand nine hundred sixty nine. Record them. And hopefully, we thought digitize well. Data separate part of it. So so then you I assumed the next step is to go to NASA and say, please. Well, we needed the money. I so. Yeah. So we we we were pretty fortunate NSF that this was a good thing to do. But we still have some concerns. And so we had to resubmit it a second time it took more than a year. And it was interesting because I was at a conference involving department of defense. And there was a gentleman walked up to me and said, well, I hear you have interest in Apollo and NASA, and I was kind of surprised because I didn't think someone would know about that. And I started, you know, running off. I was you know, geeky engineer and said, yeah, we're really excited about this. We hope in Aceh full fund this next time and the gentleman said that well, yeah, I was kind of involved in the review process. I can officially say anything. But it's a really good project. You probably need to have someone that is more involved. On history side, also involved, and that that was actually the thing that we added when we resubmitted and it made the difference because it allowed us now not just the focus on the technology, but be able to kind of connected to society, we really wanted to have something that would allow K through twelve tight kids to kind of see can listen to the audio. So it was no longer. Just the academic investigatin of the interaction of the individuals in this group, but that the individuals in this group were the people who landed on the moon s right? That's right. That's right. People will hopefully be a little more interested. Yeah. So I mean, I a lot of technology and things that we've done with this work over the last five six years now we've gone in Dallas we've gone to the Perot museum pretty much every year for engineers week. And we've usually brought a always brought an undergraduate senior design team to. To the Perot museum. And it's nice to sit back and allow undergraduates to kind of show how excited they are in in terms of talking about audio in these types of activities, and at least during the Perot museum, the typically have about fifteen hundred to twenty five hundred kids per day during engineers week that actually come in. And they're little kids. I mean, they're they're through K through twelve. I mean after twelve maybe K through as where they're coming in that to me was really a very enjoyable thing. Because you always think well, we'll develop technologies it'll be in college level. How does that actually help kids that are in grade school, and what might motivate them to kind of go, and and look not necessarily at being an astronaut, but developing math physics chemistry biology or something that might actually help support space exploration Hinson succeeded at the National Science Foundation, which awarded the first grant in September of twenty twelve just. Shy of four hundred thousand dollars to fund the project that met Hanson was ready to approach NASA with his idea and that he was about to get a big surprise. Right after we got the grant we came down to NASA and. I naively said well, can you show us where you have the audio and Greg Weisman pointed us to some boxes of tapes and nightside we're in trouble here because we thought this is all digitized, and that's not all Hanson was about to find out that not only was the audio still on big reel to reel tapes. But there was no machine that could play those tapes. So he could digitize the audio. So he could do is research in the next episode. We'll start the long strange trip to a solution to those problems. Yep. The story turned out to be too big to criminal into one episode and do Justice. So we're breaking into a few pieces. I hope you're hooked and will come back for

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