One small step for open source software…

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One small step for open source software…

MAKE subscriber Chris Brent sent us word of this release of the source code for the Apollo 11 command module and lunar lander software, which can be run on yaAGC (an open source emulator of the Apollo Guidance Computer).

From the Google Code Blog:

On this day 40 years ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon. This was quite an achievement for mankind and a key milestone in world history.

To commemorate this event the Command Module code (Comanche054) and Lunar Module code (Luminary099) have been transcribed from scanned images to run on yaAGC (an open source AGC emulator) by the Virtual AGC and AGS project.

For more information on this project, I recommend looking at the website and the open source project.

Here’s a cute video of the AGC emulator compiled to run on a Palm Centro.

Apollo 11 mission’s 40th Anniversary: One large step for open source code…


Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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