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Photos: Apollo computer's ready for liftoff

The guidance system from the 1960s space missions gets a new lease on life at the hands of a tech hobbyist.

Apollo computer's ready for liftoff

The Apollo Guidance Computer was a central element of many Apollo space missions, including the 1969 moon landing. The CPU of the rebuilt computer is on the left, and the memory module is on the right. Are those wires or cobwebs?

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Apollo code

Apollo computer's ready for liftoff

A sample of the original code for the Apollo Guidance Computer.

Credit: NASA Office of Logic Design

Apollo code

Apollo computer's ready for liftoff

John Pultorak, a software engineer for the space systems group at Lockheed Martin who rebuilt the NASA system, contributes step-by-step information on how to build your own Apollo computer.

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klab.org

Apollo computer's ready for liftoff

The cover of a 1967 student study guide for the Apollo guidance and navigation system for the Lunar Module.

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study guide

Apollo computer's ready for liftoff

The Apollo 11 rocket lifts off, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins toward the moon.

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Apollo launch

Apollo computer's ready for liftoff

NASA flight controllers as the Apollo 11 lunar module descends to the moon's surface.

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Flight controllers

Apollo computer's ready for liftoff

Buzz Aldrin assembles seismic equipment on the moon, with the lunar module in the background.

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Buzz Aldrin