The source code that got Apollo 11 to the moon

Blast off! Oh that’s cheesy. If you’re into your code and you’re into your space you may be interested in hearing that the source code for the Apollo 11 guidance computer has been put up on GitHub: Apollo 11 Guidance Computer source code.

Of course the internet is having its way with it right now, filing issues such as adding a pull request that provides an extension pack for picking up Matt Damon. There have also been some important typo fixes that were missed originally that the internet of course has now fixed.

Other issues include a request to modernise the code by adding a Dockerfile. Finally there’s also a request to tidy up the repository, as having all of the source code in the top level is disturbing.

In all seriousness, it is quite an interesting one to have a look around even if you don’t understand it. Just to see how much (rather, how little?) code it took to get man to the moon. This is a part of our history here nerds. Browse it, read it, love it!

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