The Source Code Behind the Moon Missions

Tuesday Jul 22nd 2014 by Developer.com Staff
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The code that controlled the Apollo spacecraft features an unusual syntax and plenty of humorous comments.

This week marks the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that landed on the moon, and plenty of tech sites are celebrating by looking back at the technology that made the moonshot possible. ReadWrite is taking a look at the code behind the systems.

The source code for the Apollo 11 mission is available online, and you can also try it out for yourself using the Virtual AGC emulator that you can install on your own PC.

A couple of features stand out in the source code. First, it uses an unusual verb-noun syntax, with two numbers representing each verb or noun. Second, the code includes some humorous comments, many of which have been catalogued in a Hacker News thread.

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