October 1

The Girl Who Coded Spaceships

Houston, we have separation…

On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew was about to complete the mission and the Lunar Module “Eagle” separated from the Command Module “Columbia” and began the descent to land on the moon.

However, about two kilometres (about a mile) before touching down, the ship’s navigation and guidance computer triggered several alarms.

Definitely not the best time and place for a computer crash.

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