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NASA replaces countdown clock with LED display

NASA replaces countdown clock with LED display

December 8, 2014: The countdown clock at Cape Canaveral, Florida, which is placed in the space mission installed in 1969 during the Apollo program is being replaced by NASA with a high-tech LED digital timepiece, after half a century. It will be launched during Orion EFT-1 mission launch. The famous timepiece is seen by billions of people across the world.

During the launch of the Apollo missions, the countdown clock was set in front of the press to get perfect shots of the launch. Over the years, the clock has bore the weather of Florida weather and has finally taken its toll. NASA has finally decided to get it replaced by an LED version.

The new LED display has been placed exactly at the same place where the earlier one was kept. The new LED display, which measures 26 ft by 7 ft (8 m by 2 m), is priced at US$280,000. It has 1280 x 360 resolution video display that is much brighter than the old one.

Besides showing the countdown time, the LED display also shows images and videos to keep the media informed about the reasons behind any unexpected delays. The new LED clock replaces the old 40 W incandescent bulbs with LEDs, and uses GPS signals to coordinate the timing.

For more info: http://www.cree.com/News-and-Events/Cree-News/Press-Releases/2014/May/OSQ-series-intro

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