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How did Apollo 11 influence modern computer software and hardware?

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Living so close to the Kennedy Space Center, there is a lot of publicity about the 50th anniversary of the Apollo space program in Central Florida!  If you've never visited, now might be the time to come for the festivities: https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/landing-pages/apollo-50th.

 

I love to bring news like this into my intro computing classes, with the hope that I can motivate more students to think about a computing career.  How cool to build hardware or write software that will allow us to visit space!

 

You might use these articles or this video below to have a discussion about the history of computing and potential computing careers with NASA.

 

Your smartphone is light years ahead of NASA computers that guided Apollo moon landings

 

How Apollo 11 influenced modern computer software and hardware

 

Apollo 11 Had a Hidden Hero: Software
"The moon landing was one of the most important moments in the history of computing, laying the foundations of much of our digital world"

 

 

 

Enjoy!!