28 Apr '15, 2pm
Apollo stuff still sells: The Auctioning of Apollo | EE Times via @eetimes
An auction house in Boston announced recently that bidding would begin soon on a centerpiece of the digital Apollo program, the astronauts' interface to the Apollo guidance computer. Guidance was considered so vital to the space race of the 1960s that NASA awarded its very first Apollo contract to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to design the guidance computer. There would have been no moon landings without it. According to David Mindell, author of Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight , senior NASA managers understood that the biggest question was, "How are we going to get to the moon?" Charles Draper, the legendary head of MIT's Instrumentation Laboratory and proponent of "technology of the real world" oversaw development of the Apollo guidance computer. Among the advances developed from the ground up at MIT was boosting computer memory to a whopping...