The code that took America to the moon was just published to GitHub, and it’s like a 1960s time capsule

The code that took America to the moon was just published to GitHub, and it’s like a 1960s time capsule

When programmers at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory set out to develop the flight software for the Apollo 11 space program in the mid-1960s, the necessary technology did not exist. They had to invent it.
They came up with a new way to store computer programs, called “rope memory,” and created a special version of the assembly programming language. Assembly itself is obscure to many of today’s programmers—it’s very difficult to read, intended to be easily understood by computers, not humans. For the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC), MIT programmers wrote thousands of lines of that esoteric code.

All this code is now on GitHub. Feel free to comment and suggest changes.

NaNoGenMo 2015

National Novel Generation Month.

The Goal

Spend the month of November writing code that generates a novel of 50k+ words. This is in the spirit of National Novel Writing Month’s interesting definition of a novel as 50,000 words of fiction.