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One of the problems with the public's understanding of exactly how the tape drive works appears to be a bit of a "mystery" because something unexpected popped up that presented a major problem: the synchronization of the tape's time signal could not be maintained. It even threatened the launch sequence! The great benefit of handling magnetic tape ...


The tape recorder shown in the above article (by @user6972) and the one shown within this article are each representative of both the Viking Mars Lander DTR and its look-a-like brother, the Voyager DTR. However, please note that the previous article's DTR take-up reel "flange" is notably different than that shown in the photo of the DTR presented ...

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