All this time, NASA and Windows 95 document floppy disks were in a locker that no one opened.
German astronaut and current ISS commander Alexander Gerst shared on Twitter an unusual find at the station – a folder with old NASA diskettes. He said that he had stumbled upon them in a locker that “had not been opened for a long time.” During the time that the diskettes spent in the compartment, they turned from the actual data carrier into a “museum piece”.
Two diskettes with personal data turned out to be signed – they belonged to “Shep” and “Sergey”. Most likely, their owners were William Shepherd and Sergey Krikalyov, participants of the first long-term expedition of the ISS. Together with another Russian cosmonaut, Yuri Gidzenko, they stayed at the station for 136 days from November 2000 to March 2001.
Gerst’s subscribers noticed a collection of programs for Windows 95/98 among diskettes. Space enthusiast John Gardy recalled that this was the main OS on the International Space Station for many years.