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.
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.