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Source code for the Apollo 11 now online, proving again that coder comments are always a source of amusement.

It only took about 2 MB of code to get us to the moon. Chris Garry, a former NASA intern, has uploaded the full source code for the Apollo 11 flight computer to GitHub , a popular site where programmers share code and tips, and it's proven to be a nice slice of nostalgia in more ways than one. The software for NASA's Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC), which was installed on Apollo command modules and lunar modules, was developed in the 1960s at MIT. At the time nothing for what NASA was trying to do existed so the team from MIT had to code the entire thing from scratch. To do so they created their own version of Assembly language as well as a method for storing computer programs called “core rope memory ”, which at the time offered greater storage capacity. The Apollo Guidance Computer (Image source: Grabert at German Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons) How much...

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