Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Jul 2016 23:55 UTC, submitted by arsipaani
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From Engadget:

The source code for Apollo 11's guidance computer has been available for a while (Google hosted it several years ago, for instance), but would you know how to find it or search through it? As of this week, it's almost ridiculously easy. Former NASA intern Chris Garry has posted the entire Apollo Guidance Computer source code on GitHub, giving you a good peek at the software that took NASA to the Moon. As Reddit users point out, it's clear that the developers had a mighty sense of humor -- line 666 of the lunar landing turns up a "numero mysterioso," and there's even a reference to radio DJ Magnificent Montague's classic "burn, baby, burn."

Yes, it's been available for a while, but any moment to reflect on one of man's greatest technological achievements is a moment worth savouring.

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vocivus
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2010-03-13

Perhaps not the greatest technological achievement... but arguably one of the greatest overall.

Just the other day I watched the descent video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_2553605597&fe...)

It shows that as great as the technology was, the immense fortitude of those involved was astounding. They achieved what they did with far less technology than we have today, but we're unwilling to be as bold as they were to move the frontier onward.

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Perhaps not the greatest technological achievement... but arguably one of the greatest overall.

Sure there have been other great achievements but there's something about landing a human being on another world and returning them back to Earth? For thousands of years what lay beyond the Earths atmosphere was `the heavens`... Being able to say been there and brought back samples is truly amazing to put it mildly.

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vocivus Member since:
2010-03-13

I totally agree. What I'm expressing is the ill-formed and poorly expressed thought that this wasn't just a technical achievement but one of sheer will. They did what they did with comparatively little technology.

The fact that we're not on Mars today and that human space flight beyond LEO seems to always be 20 years out is always blamed on the lack of technology. It's really the (aggregate) lack of will to do it that holds us back.

I do agree that the moon landings were the high water mark for our species. But it wasn't just our tools that made it happen.

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