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2013-Jun-22, 05:26 PM
An interesting read for both spaceflight fans and computer geeks:

R.I.P., MOC (http://www.baen.com/RIP_MOC.asp)

We're all familiar with the heroism of astronauts and how they risk, and sometimes sacrifice, their lives to explore space. Stories have recently emerged about NASA's flight controllers: the men and women of Mission Control who kept those spacecraft flying and ensured their safe return to Earth. But laboring tirelessly below them all, figuratively and literally, was the Mission Operations Computer—the machine that for four decades ran Mission Control. Here is the story of the MOC, and how a machine with far less computing power than a cheap cell phone once enabled us to walk on the moon.