George Pickett, a part-Japanese journalist on board the ship, recalls the use of the abacus used by his granduncle, a bank teller, and persuades the ship's astronomer to give it a try. Once convinced, the astronomer create a production line of the crew, using abaci to carry out the calculations that the computer would normally do.
The procedure is successful and an orbit is calculated to bring the ship within radio range of Earth.
Back in the Comet Business: After a frustrating failure, astronomers prepare for an audacious comet landing.(News Files/ astronomy)
Feb 01, 2003; Byline: Irene Brown Edited By Charles Hirshberg The most ambitious mission ever to head for a comet is counting down just in time...