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Astronaut James B. Irwin, lunar module pilot, gives a military salute while standing beside the deployed United States flag during the Apollo 15 lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA) at the Hadley-Apennine landing site.

Now these guys were in fact heroes.  No need for tattoos or Balthus-inspired math lessons.  They *are* the American slide rule.

Now these guys were in fact heroes. No need for tattoos or Balthus-inspired math lessons. They *are* the American slide rule.

A favorite picture of mine that I finally found online.  High tech indicated by the fact that he's holding a slide rule in his teeth.

"Art for Pirates of Ersatz by Murray Leinster" by Frank Kelly Freas pronounced "freeze"). Space Pirate with Raygun and Slide Rule.

We went to the moon with slide rules. Heard that one before? Though in fact all of the Apollo spacecraft carried digital computers, the simple fact remains true: We went to the moon with slide rules.  Just like this one. (link)

11 From 11: Apollo Moonshot Tools

We went to the moon with slide rules. Heard that one before? Though in fact all of the Apollo spacecraft carried digital computers, the simple fact remains true: We went to the moon with slide rules.

Astrolabe.   This was used by captains at sea in order to calculate the latitude of the ship, by measuring the angle between the horizon and the sun.  This was not a very accurate tool for captain's due to the fact that they did not always take very reliable measurements, especially in inclement weather.

Epact: Mariner's Astrolabe signed by Francisco de Goes, dated 1608

The House of Hades

The House of Hades

Now you have to be able to eat a tide pod and not die!

Now you have to be able to eat a tide pod and not die!

Advertisement comparing slide rules to electronics - CHM Revolution

Advertisement comparing slide rules to electronics - CHM Revolution

Im sick and im reading this. I'm a gemini. Before i read this in my mind i was like "ughh i feel like shit" UM...ILLUMINATI!?!?

Im sick and im reading this. I'm a gemini. Before i read this in my mind i was like "ughh i feel like shit" UM...ILLUMINATI!?!?

Texas Magnum  World's Longest Slide Rule  (352 feet long, 300 pounds)

Texas Magnum: World's Longest Slide Rule feet long, 300 pounds)

Here are some interesting facts about the Breitling Navitimer 01: -Favourite of pilots since 1952. -Only chronograph wristwatch in continuous production for more than 50 years. -Using the slide-rule & chronograph function you can measure things such as average speed.

Here are some interesting facts about the Breitling Navitimer 01: -Favourite of pilots since 1952. -Only chronograph wristwatch in continuous production for more than 50 years. -Using the slide-rule & chronograph function you can measure things such as average speed.

I've never been much for plastic rules ("Ivorite" in K+E terminology), but connoisseurs are fond of this one -- the Faber-Castell 2/83 N -- because it represents the high point in the evolution of the rule, mathematically speaking.  Even more popular is the plastic K+E Deci-Lon, with its pretentious deco bits.  Eh.  (I don't in fact have either one, so it could be that the plastic is marvelous in the flesh. I simply refuse to believe that I wouldn't prefer mahogany or bamboo.  Or even…

I've never been much for plastic rules ("Ivorite" in K+E terminology), but…

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