"They were covered in (what else?) dust, but they were there, all 172 of them, each one containing about 2,500 feet of tape. The only problem was that they were in a format so obsolete that the data was beyond O'Brien's reach. He sent an email to NASA, offering to repatriate the tapes, but the agency politely declined."
#retrocomputing #IBM729Mark5 https://www.wired.com/story/moondust-nasa-lunar-ambitions/
I'm sorry, I'm just not buying this. Worked as a take librarian for a couple of months when I first got to the DoD.
All you really need is a take drive (plenty around), and preferably the mag strip to locate BOT and then do a sequential read.
Very straight forward, and as in any data collection or recovery, you now have the data in a format that you can read and convert into useful information.
Converting from data to information might be harder.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko