Tuesday saw the launch of a new, highly addictive site called Spacelog.org. A project created by /dev/fort, Spacelog features “searchable, linkable” transcripts of radio communications between astronauts and Mission Control from NASA’s early space flights.
So far, Spacelog features only two missions: Mercury 6 (1962), during which John Glenn became the first man to enter earth’s orbit; and Apollo 13 (1970), during which an on-board explosion threatened the lives of the astronauts trapped in the Apollo craft.
Visitors to the site can explore the complete mission transcripts in a clean, attractive, Twitter-like format that displays a timestamp and URL for each line of conversation between astronauts and Mission Control. Photographs appear in-line throughout the text, as though NASA personnel had been live-tweeting the events as they unfolded. PDF files of NASA’s original, text-only transcripts are also available on the site.