When I was gushing enthusiastically about Old Weather, I tried (and failed) to explain what it is that makes it so damn brilliant. I’ve just experienced some of that same brilliance. This time the source is Spacelog:

Read the stories of early space exploration from the original NASA transcripts. Now open to the public in a searchable, linkable format.

You can now read the transcripts from the Apollo 13 and Mercury 6 missions, and every single utterance has a permalink. For example:

Houston, we’ve had a problem.

The beauty of the idea is matched in the execution. Everything about the visual design helps to turn something that was previously simply information into an immersive, emotional experience. It’s one thing to know that these incredible events took place, it’s another to really feel it.

Spacelog shares the spirit of Science Hack Day. It’s a /dev/fort creation, put together in an incredibly short period of time; Norm! has the low-down.

Apollo 13 and Mercury 6 are just the start. If you want to help turn more transcripts into an emotionally engaging work of hypertext, everything is available under a public domain license and all the code is available on Github. Transcripts are available for Gemini 6, Apollo 8, and Apollo 11.

I can’t wait to read Charlie Duke as hypertext.

Have you published a response to this? :

Previously on this day

11 years ago I wrote Iron Man and me

The story of how one of my Flickr pictures came to be used in a Hollywood movie.

12 years ago I wrote Dripping

Oozing liquid goodness.

15 years ago I wrote Back from Baltimore

I’m back in Brighton after a fairly short and painless jet-stream aided journey from Baltimore.

16 years ago I wrote Bad web whuffie

Here’s a message I sent earlier through the contact page at Macoholics:

16 years ago I wrote Renaissance theme

One week ago I was in Bologna. I was walking through cobblestoned streets lined with red-roofed old buildings. Many of the buildings were painted in the typical Renaissance style of yellows, browns and oranges.

17 years ago I wrote Puerto Muerto

Another weekend, another concert organised by The Gilded Palace of Sin.

18 years ago I wrote The Science Museum

As of today, there is no admission price for the Science Museum or the Natural History Museum.