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Meet Margaret Hamilton, the badass '60s programmer who saved the moon landing

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Infographic reveals how the Apple Watch is equivalent to two iPhone 4s

The Apollo guidance computer that took astronauts to the moon had the processing power of 2 Nintendo Entertainment Systems

This Apollo Guidance Computer measures 8 X 10 inches. Compared to the present day iPhone5, the iPhone is 1.8 million times more powerful. Apollo Computer: 36 kb IPhone 5: 64 million kb Wow!

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How the world came to be run by computer code

The Apollo Guidance Computer system was designed for the Nasa Apollo space programme. It was first used in 1966, and within three years helped Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin reach the surface of the Moon. With only 74KB of memory – less than a ONE page WORD document – it was able to control a 13,000kg spaceship, orbiting at 3,500km/h around the Moon, land it safely and return it back to Earth.

The so-called Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) used a real time operating system [...] was more basic than the electronics in modern toasters that have computer controlled stop/start/defrost buttons. It had approximately 64Kbyte of memory and operated at 0.043MHz. The Apollo Guidance Computer DSKY (display & keyboard) user interface unit.

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Margaret Hamilton Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Margaret Hamilton (MIT soft wear engineer) stands next to a stack of Apollo Guidance Computer source code.