Milestone-Nomination:Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC)
Docket Number: 2010-02
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'The Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC)'
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AGC and the associated guidance, navigation and control system components made possible the lunar rendezvous mode trajectory used by the Apollo Program to put the first human beings on the moon and return them safely to earth. (1)
The AGC performed flawlessly on 15 manned flights, including nine flights to the moon and six successful lunar landings. It was used for three manned Skylab missions and navigated the final Apollo spacecraft to a docking with a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in 1975. (2)
Astronauts have described the AGC as a highly reliable and tremendous machine. (3).
1. Wikipedia, Apollo Guidance Computer, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Guidance_Computer
2. John Tylko, MIT and Navigating the Path to the Moon: AeroAstro Magazine Highlights, 2009 MIT
3. David A. Mindell, Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight
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