NASA and Amiga history meet in an eBay listing

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If our 11-part series on the life of the Amiga and our (in-progress) seven-part series on the history of the Apollo program don’t allow it away, we happen to be unabashed fans of a certain computing platform and a unfluctuating space program around the Ars Orbital HQ. So this week, a small stanchion at HotHardware inevitably caught our eye: an old NASA-used Amiga evidently ended up for available on eBay.

Seller vrus currently lists an Amiga 2500 acclimated to by NASA’s Telemetry Lab for sale. How can anyone be certain this 1980s workhorse approached from the US government? Well, the device is emblazoned with NASA realty seals that seem to match tags found on other decommissioned NASA devices. vrus also includes screenshots of programs on the computer that manifest to be registered to a Dave Brown (HotHardware notes Brown was a principal programmer at Promontory Canaveral’s telemetry lab in the 1990s as per a 1999 Q&A with NASA retiree Hal Greenlee and views from Greenlee in the “Amigas at NASA” video below).

Ars sent a note to NASA query about general Amiga usage and the decommissioning process for hardware, and we’ll update this portion if we receive more details in the coming days.

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NASA fancied Amigas, too.

For now, vrus sent Ars a bit of additional background on the acquisition. The user has been a fan of Commodore and Amiga since 1982, proudly starting with the C64 and tenderly remembering time with the Amiga 1000 later on. vrus now rack ups and trades Amiga/Commodore equipment, so the user came across this peculiar machine by luck when purchasing several boxes of Amiga machinery and software in bulk.

“It had been in storage for several years so it was probably come by when NASA decommissioned most of their Amigas in 2006,” vrus send a lettered. “Normally I would keep something like this for my own collection because it is so unequalled and interesting, but I thought it would be better if it ended up somewhere that other people could see it / use it / etc… I am happy I was able to save it; I suspect all the equipment would’ve ended up in a recycling hide.”

The Amiga 2500 was an iteration of the Amiga 2000 that simply fingers oned bundled with a Motorola 68020 or 68030-based accelerator visiting-card according to the archivists at Old-Computers.com. (The original Amiga 2000 debuted as a high-end motor for Commodore back in 1985, and it’s perhaps most fondly remembered for qualifying the famed Video Toaster.) vrus details programming files trendy back to 1988 on the advertised Amiga 2500, so that would tally well with the machine’s heyday (Old-Computers.com lists the A2500 as a 1989 effect).

Prices for an Amiga 2500 at the time seemed high—the Canadian PC Museum inclines it as selling for $3,800+ CAD ($3,000+) in the late 1980s. Considering that, possibly this in-progress eBay auction’s surge past $5,000 isn’t so senseless (both wear and tear and potentially unique history notwithstanding).

Catalogue image by eBay seller vrus

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