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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 ...


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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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