Moon landing

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  1. archie123

    archie123 Ancient Guru

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    They landed the first spaceship on the moon using a pc with 5k of ram :D madness!
     
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    XP-200 Ancient Guru

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    All thanks to the really good Dos boot up disk thay had made using mem manager. ;)
     
  3. Veteran

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    That’s if they ever did land, I don’t think they did. There’s plenty of evidence to suggest they didn’t and the Russians were so far ahead of the Americans regarding space technology.
     
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    Sure we did...I saw it on tv when I was a kid...
     
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    sverek Ancient Guru

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    Suddenly I feel very young.
     
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    Check out the rope ROM that they used to program the embedded software.

    They had to use something that wouldn't be affected by radiation so It was literally weaved (by hand) metal cables with magnetic loops. It was machine code, in every 'position' if the cable passed through a loop it represented a 1, if not is was a 0. Crazy stuff and heavy but it was the only thing they had. If a mistake was made in production, the whole thing had to be unwound!



    Fixed.
     
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    IcE Don Snow Staff Member

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    In 1969 the technology arms race was very different. The Soviet Union blew America's wiener off with the launch of Sputnik, and manned launches, and early rocketry in general. But America started dumping mass amounts of money to catch up. And catch up they did. Werner Von Braun was acquired by the Americans after World War 2 and he had unlimited funding basically after 1958. The Saturn V was his magnum opus, and the Soviets had nothing that could compete with it when it was unveiled and tested in 1961. The Soviet counterpart, the N-1, was rushed and by and large an unmitigated disaster with two catastrophic failures causing massive explosions. The second failure was so bad that the launch complex was damaged beyond use and the rocket was abandoned. It was at that point that the Soviet program started a downward spiral. They spent most of the 1970's trying to steal Space Shuttle classified information to make their own, which got canned with the fall of the government in 91. Mind you I find the Soviet space program fascinating and the N-1 program in particular has been something I've studied a lot. But suggesting that the Soviets were ahead at the time that Americans set astronauts on the moon? I can assure you that they were not.

    I feel like a lot of people that don't believe the moon landing could have happened don't realize that the Saturn V was the most capable rocket humans have ever produced. Nothing since has come close to its capability, because sending men and mission equipment to walk on the moon hasn't been a priority anymore.
     
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    RealNC Ancient Guru

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    They had to hack the computer at one point due to a malfunction. Epic stuff from an old-school hacker who pulled it off and saved the mission:

     
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    I would say this hardware was enough for guys in the rocket to play the tetris.

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    Do not forget that scientific achievements of space flights with humans are tiny comparing to flights of automatic stations. So that flight to Moon was PR action (completely unnecessary from science point of view).
     
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    Thanks, I enjoyed that.
     

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    nhlkoho Ancient Guru

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    Oh please. There is no credible evidence to suggest they didn't.
    People see what they want to see like this picture that is supposed to be of a coke bottle kicked across the "movie set"
    [​IMG]
     
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    So did someone ever hack that machine to play Doom? :p
     

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